A short filmic meditation by Sarah Abbott inviting consideration of visual perception in vegetal beings.

10:08, colour, stereo, Canada/Italy, 2021

Perception and intelligence in plant life has been gaining scientific attention and recognition in recent decades. gestures toward Plant Vision offers a meditation on how plants might visually perceive their worlds and inspires viewers to consider other ways trees and plants, in all their varieties, might biologically create images to see in stillness, motion, layers, colours, light, and multiplicity. The film’s audio in turn invites consideration of how plants might be aware of and perceive sound in their locations, and includes contemplation on the hypothesis of plant vision by Paco Calvo, a leader in philosophy of plant neurobiology, behaviour and signalling, and Principle Investigator of the Minimal Intelligence Lab at the Universidad de Murcia, Spain. Once the human is finished speaking, the quiet simplicity of the film makes space for the plants.

Imagery and sound for the film were collected and created at the Workshop on Art, Nature, and Technology 2016 led by plant scientist Stefano Mancuso and held at the garden home of Daniel Spoerri in Tuscany, Italy.

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