2012 | performative floral exchange with Mark Clintberg
A performative garden party to which guests are invited to arrive with a single flower. Each flower is delivered to the artists, who record it into a ledger, prune and condition it, and place it in a vase from a vast selection of exhibited vessels.
Guests watch the growing volume of flowers, enjoy a dance on floral themes and refreshments made from distilled flowers. Each guest is presented with a new flower when they leave - different from the one they arrived with - selected and wrapped by the artists.
The first iteration of Garde Rose took place at Le Petit Versailles community garden in New York City. Dancer Burr Johnson performed. The second edition took the form of a dialogue with the vase collection of Brutto Gusto, a florist and gallery in Berlin. Violinist and academic Namik Mackic performed. The third staging took place at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. Josep Almudéver Chanzà recited poetry and Jean-François Krebs presented a video on floral themes.