The Andromeda experiment
If I dream her a star, can I
I’ve heard stories of her probably
I remember the 13th summer
I got my very first true witches handbook and my skirt tainted blue.
The mouth to mouth more efficient through ink.
Probably voice will always be clearer even if I might be mute
Music through skin is memory like secret tattoos: sing me how to be rid of violence. I will keep my room radiant and I whisper it on to all my waters and suns so change must come
Sing me your knowledge
Black holes that I may see
I eat you
Night clocks: I beg thee, ring in me so I may see
The Andromeda Experiment touches the realm of dreams. The garden grows originally by the gates of ivory and horn.
Those you can trust with the navigation, knowledge and secrets of this garden are priestesses, witches, shamans, curanderas, magicians and wizards. They spend all their lives dreaming in its realms and they are usually very old- even when they look young.
Still: a plant might choose you.
Some of the plants on display here are deadly even in small doses.
You have to know your plant to use her. You have to read and listen and watch and get soil under your nails. Or you can get really sick and scared and even die. Death by Henbane is described as ghastly. After testing it on two of her servants, Cleopatra preferred dying by snakebite.
Be mindful, death lures around the crossings to other realms, and your fall will be as deep as you have risen.
Take your time when learning how to fly. You may never return.
”We connected our dots and all other dots and then we connected all those dots so that we were connected.
(The garden by the Gates of Horn and ivory, Summer 2022.)
|Hyacyamus niger, Ipomea tricolor, Atropa belladonna, Rhodiola rosea, Mandrago, Papaver, Potentilla reptans, Myrica cerifera, Verbena officinales, Hypericum perforatum, Datura stranomiun.
|The Garden by the Gates was first shown at Dalslands Konstmuseum in the spring of 2022 and then again right after Midsommer at Galleri Floras Rike in the Botanical Garden of Gothenburg (where it was found enchanting by a party of green tiny Godzillas that danced all night and were very hungry in the morning).