Gardens of Law

Concept and original music composed and imagined in collaboration with sound artist Thibault Mechler

Premiered at Sandberg Graduation Show, Amsterdam (2022)

How is the art of gardening related to international law? As both fields share concerns of order and disorder, environmental awareness, border delimitation and harmonious ‘neighboring relationships’, Gardens of Law investigates these analogies in a visual and sonic installation taking the garden of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, as a case study.

Through their authority, gardeners evaluate, frame and apply eco-logical principles on lands and their ‘inhabitants’ according to their needs. But to what extent is this authority needed to maintain a suitable climate of peace and cohabitation? What happens if these relationships are not mediated? What happens if there is no gardener in the garden? Filmed in near infrared and made of sound recordings from the garden of the Peace Palace, the installation aims to question the visible and invisible systems of human shaped territories as artificial enclaves building new realities.

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01. installation
02. video
03. flat surface
04. object(s)
05. book/publication

10. music
11. voice over
12. sounds
13. silent

20. color
21. b&w
22. color + b&w
23. no color

30. in-situ
31. ex-situ

40. individual work
41. collaboration