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SCAPE 7 - Can Anybody Hear Me?

by Zina Swanson

Science and pseudoscience met in Zina Swanson’s unexpected performances that took place each weekend over SCAPE 7. With the assistance of a range of plant specialists, Zina encouraged us to look at our relationship with the natural world and how the suggestibility of hypnosis can affect perception.

Where and Who: 

Saturday 28 September
Liv Worsnop: Guerrilla Gardner, founder of the Plant Gang, creator of the Zen Garden. 
Location: cnr Manchester and Cashel streets                                                                     A Life in Vacant Spaces brokered site in collaboration with The Social.
Transcript from 28 September

Saturday 5 October
Dr Kerry Swanson: Geologist, NZCS (Geol), BSc, MSc, (ANU), DSc (Hokkaido).                     Dr Swanson has published over 50 scientific articles and is the author of the book series ‘Microscopic Worlds.’
Location: Victoria Square
Transcript from 5 October

Saturday 12 October
Serra Kilduff: BASc Botany, owner of Velo Flora Ltd (Sustainable domestic and commercial urban garden design and consultancy).
Location: cnr Manchester and Tuam streets
Transcript from 12 October

Saturday 19 October
Cecilia Rachid Casnati: Uruguay Forest Engineer developing PhD in Forest Growth Modelling.
Location: Victoria Square
Transcript from 19 October

Saturday 26 October
Di Lucas: Director of Lucas Associates Limited, Registered NZILA Landscape Architect and Fellow member of NZILA (1987).
Location: cnr Manchester and Tuam streets

Saturday 2 November
Ian Harvey: Florist and owner of Flower Bazaar, 20yrs experience in floristry and commercial rose growing.
Location: Friendship Corner by the Bridge of Remembrance

Image & video credits:

Can Anybody Hear Me?, Zina Swanson, 2013

© SCAPE Public Art & Zina Swanson


Zina Swanson

Zina’s work investigates the relationship between humans and the natural world, with a particular interest in notions of anthropomorphism. Her watercolour imagery suggests both imagined fragile ecologies and human-plant permutations. Her generally ephemeral sculptural pieces convey a fragility and precariousness that ekes out into our perception and experience of the world around them.

Zina Swanson graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. She has exhibited extensively over the past decade, including at Artspace, Auckland; Wellington City Gallery; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; the Physics Room and High Street Project (both Christchurch), as well as in Australia. In 2004 Swanson won the CoCA/Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art. In 2013, she was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow, Dunedin and in 2014 she took up a residency at apexart, New York.