Plant Blindness: Jason Singh
21 September 2019 to Spring 2020
The Camellia House, Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum & Deer Park
Plant Blindness by Jason Singh is a unique and immersive sound installation which uses naturally occurring ‘biodata’ from plants to create a musical score.
Artist, musician, beatboxer, and composer Jason Singh has been invited to create, in his own indistinguishable way, an auditory response to Wollaton. Initially drawn to the beautiful architecture and acoustics of the glass house, after a short residency Singh was later inspired by the (mostly adverse) conditions in which the Camellia plants which are grown – surviving amid some extreme environmental factors that this species is constantly fighting against.
Fresh from performing at the BBC Proms, artist, musician, beatboxer, and composer Jason Singh has created, in his own inimitable way, an auditory response to Wollaton, which opens for free in the Camellia House from Saturday 21 September on Heritage Open Day weekend.
Initially drawn to the beautiful architecture and acoustics of the glass house, a short residency enabled Singh to develop his ideas and he became inspired by the conditions in which the Camellia plants are grown.
The term ‘Plant blindness’ is the inability to notice nature in our own immediate environment: the plants and wildlife right in front of us, in plain view. This new installation aims to draw our attention to the inaudible living organisms at Wollaton Hall by giving them a ‘voice’ through sound and art.
The installation comprises of four recordings - one from each flower bed. Together they capture the different “moods” of the plant at various points during the day. The ‘plant music’ invites us all to immerse ourselves in the sound. The haunting sounds crossfade from one speaker to the next, reflecting on the state of the health of each plant, Singh uses raw, unedited data through a computer which creates “angular, percussive, and frantic melodies”.