Ruderal Society. Excavating a Garden
site-specific work, soil and spontaneous vegetation
157.46 × 2 × 0.2 m
Inv. No. 0435
A path runs through the meadow green on the campus of the EVN headquarters in Maria Enzersdorf. At the invitation of the EVN Art Council, Lois Weinberger had a scar drawn through the area. An machine takes away a few centimeters of the meadow area. At the end of its path, which runs across the site, the mound of bedload rises. The intervention had been completed as a project before Weinberger's passing during Lockdown I in the spring of 2020. The concept is now being realized posthumously.
Weinberger's path is incision and vulnerable notch, at the same time invasion road for immigrating plants. In his work, which became known through a planting at the Kassel train station during documenta X, Weinberger deals with so-called ruderal plants. These plants, usually referred to as weeds, settle in fallow land, in asphalt cracks, on rubble heaps or on undeveloped peripheries. In “manicured” gardens, they are usually eradicated. Weinberger, however, makes a hierarchical shift. He pursues a political intention, because in the ruderal plants he sees migrants who have to make do with inferior living conditions. They suffer the same fate as people who have become homeless.
Thomas D. Trummer, 2021Continue reading