Vanja Smiljanić, Plant Rant: Mea Culpa on Chlorophyll Sling

19 October – 30 November 2019

Opening: Friday 18 October 2019, 19:00 (with a per­for­mance by Judith Sönnicken at 19.30)


Plant Rant: Mea Culpa on Chlorophyll Sling provides a space for precognitive (re)creation. You might call it a garden. Which it is. The simulated garden that offers a variety of practices to perform and read time in a spirographic manner. Woven inside, there are multiple herstories of herbalism, activism, and deep-time trauma. You are cordially invited on a stroll through its thealogical multiverse. Taste the bitter-sweetness of its fruits.

Vanja Smiljanić, *1986 in Belgrade, is a visual and performance artist. After studying visual arts at the Faculdade de Belas Artes Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa (PT), an M.A. in artistic research at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem (NL) and Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies in Brussels (BE), she completed her media art studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne in 2018. She is interested in speculative narratives, feminist science fiction, and a new materialism that connects the physical with the beyond. Since 2010 she has been dealing with the new religious UFO movement “Cosmic People”. After many unsuccessful attempts, Smiljanić finally became a member in 2013 and today describes herself as the “Senior Architect” of the “Library of Light” of the “Cosmic People”, i.e. the archive of the organization, whose contents she begins to change ‘from within’. In lecture performances, she reports on this (subversive) activity – as storyteller and oracle. Vanja Smiljanić reflects from an ambivalent inside on her subject – and lets an interested public participate in her artistic research work in novel live formats.


Curated by Agustina Andreoletti