Keywords: Househumans, Plants, Humans
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Tuana Inhan (1994) is an audiovisual artist and composer. Her work combines a specific interest in ecology with music, while highlighting the unexpected, awkward and popularized aspects of human communities. Her final work House Humans explores the dynamics of belonging and commodification of ornamental plants in human life through a translation of songs and spacial curation. A fundamental aspect to her approach is building collaborations and peer to peer interaction across diverse fields and disciplines where scientific and anthropological research can find an artistic translation.
Plants play different roles in the homes of humans, from decorative backgrounds, to hobbies, to icons of identity. Within the last twenty years, the role of houseplants in domestic space has shifted from providing an occupation for the retiree, to becoming an emotional companion for the youth. The rising popularity of household plants has coincided with social change and an economic boom. House Humans explores the unexpected and unseen perspectives of connections to house plants as aesthetic objects in artificial environments. Capturing awkward and popularised behavioural disparities, this audio-visual installation creates a conversation across four different worlds, where ornamental plants are commodities, financial resources, addictions and fetish-objects.
As a final result, music as a cultural artefact translates the research into an audio-visual experience to reflect on this new cultural and communary function of the commodification of plants. Therefore a band is invented and an album is realised for this project. Kareoke-like experience within a space where the several mediums of research are combined together, allows the individual become both the performer and the observer. Throughout the exhibition, a radio station will be broadcasting the experience of the visitors with the microphone and kareoke, to a wider audience. Both the album and the live broadcast will be available online, as well as in the exhibition.