In addition to the first part of Arnold Jan Quanjer’s project, where he studied the skin of leaves that he harvested in his garden, he explored the movement of plants.
…”My garden was the starting point of my explorations. I collected flower buds and narcissus bulbs from my garden. I wanted to see how plants grow inside. My challenge was to visualize growth and movement. Would it be possible to film a plant from the inside and show what movement goes on inside a plant?
To make this happen I purchased an usb microscope and constructed a custom made stand to shoot a stop-motion movie. The result is a visualization of the movement and growth inside different narcissus bulbs and flower buds. I cut them in half and put them on a glass plate so I could film the inside. The film is about 2 and half-minute long. But it consists out of footage that I shot in about 2 months. You are looking at 14 days compressed into 2,5 minutes.
The title is Incrementum what means “growth” in Latin.
Movement, very slow movement, became a distinctive theme during this project. Trying to perceive movement that you cannot not see is fascinating. I observed various plants. I tried very hard if I could see them move without the help of an usb microscope, without compressing time and speed it up.
But it did not work. I could not see a plant moving.
I had to make an unexpected, creative move to carry my research any further. Then I discovered that I had to turn everything upside down to create a new perspective.
I decided to become a plant my self.
I wanted to experience the speed of a plant by moving as slowly as possible and compare my slow motion with the movement of plants. I became a plant in the company of plants in my garden.
I took this experiment a little further and became a houseplant inside the apartment of my family-in-law during the easter weekend.
In this movie I explored movement, growth and time from a different perspective. I got inspired by a childhood memory. When I was a little boy, that could not read yet. I asked my mother:” When will be my birthday?” She replied: “Your birthday will be when the trees get leaves”. My birthday is the second of May, the beginning of spring. Later that day she spotted me while I was looking out of the window. I looked very concentrated and it seemed that I was waiting for something. My mother asked what I was doing. I replied that I was waiting for the leaves to appear on the trees.
I decided to relive this childhood memory.
I went to a forest and sat down in a tree trunk and started waiting for the leaves to appear.
The complete research of Arnold Jan Quanjer can be found on : http://tactilemorphology.tumblr.com/