Daniel Rios Rodriguez, The Botanical Mind

The Botanical Mind at Camden Arts Centre

24 September - 23 December 2020

Camden Arts Centre, London

Daniel Rios Rodriguez

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Nyctanassa, 2018, oil nails, rope, wood, aluminium, acrylic, river stone, Texas mountain laurel bean on wood panel, 116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in 
The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree brings together the work of over 50 artists, spanning more than 500 years, to investigate the ongoing significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness and spirituality. In doing so it highlights the subjectivity and being of plants, their influence on various knowledge-forms and wisdom-traditions, and how we engage with and activate them in culture, counter-culture, art and music.
Originally conceived as an exhibition – which was postponed to September 2020 due to the lockdown – the project continues to grow into new forms and launched online in May 2020. Including a new series of podcasts, films, music, images, writing and commissions, artists and thinkers will expand on many of the ideas and issues raised in The Botanical Mind, issues that are now more relevant than ever.
A 224-page fully illustrated publication was launched in June 2020 as a companion to the overall project, including essays by the curators and contributions from scholars from the main areas covered by the exhibition: alchemy; art history; plant ontology; Gaian ecology; anthropology; and ethnobotany. It is be available to buy online as a resource for people enjoying the online content from home as well as accompanying the exhibition.
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