culture / nature / structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks

The Plant was Present (2011)

Sansevieria Trifasciata, an epic houseplant, performed its work “The Plant is Present” at the School of the Art Institute’s New Blood Performance Festival, November 19th and 20th, 2011. The plant sat silently while a total of 138 visitors took turns sitting in a chair opposite it, staying in its presence for as long as they liked. All guests were photographed, and asked to record their experience in a comment book. Responses ranged from “I felt a connection to the plant and was able to live in the moment” to “It was awkward” to “So good! I loved every second of it!” to “Marina was exactly as interesting.” Check back later for more documentation, a full transcription of the comment book and photos of all 138 visitors to the plant.

4 Responses to “The Plant was Present (2011)”

  1. [...] second day of “The Plant is Present” was a bit slower, and the plant spent some time alone. But more than 50 people still found time to [...]

  2. [...] knew rain was a risk, and that it wouldn’t be a problem for our starring artist. But just in case, we brought an umbrella and a blanket for potential guests. We had all electrical [...]

  3. [...] Just as Marina Abramovic had her superfan, so Sanseviera Trafasciata had one, as well. The gentleman visited 3 times over two days, often sitting at length and talking [...]

  4. [...] Science Art Conference and Exhibition. Sanseveria Trifasciata re-created its performance of The Plant is Present here, and I gave a short presentation on the work and its relationship to that of Marina [...]

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