Anne Duk Hee Jordan (1978, Korea) lives and works in Berlin. She creates romantic machines that mirror, extend or convert biological processes and chemical reactions between living organisms and dead matter. Working with specialists in the fields of marine life, biology, sexuality and reproduction, nutrition and ecology, her interconnected work develops a narrative between science, art and philosophy. The environments that she creates humorously symbolise a social space, in which the exchanges reproduce biological processes or represent human interactions. Her solo and group exhibitions include: A Handful of Dust (with Viron Erol Vert), Ehrenhalle at Standortfriedhof Lilienthalstraße, Berlin, 2020; Down to Earth, Immersion, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020; The Long Term You Cannot Afford. On the Distribution of the Toxic, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, 2019; Ziggy Goes Wild, Kunstverein Arnsberg, 2019; and Sensing Nature From Within, Moderna Museet Malmö, 2019.
The Living Plant Archive: All My Hands Are Labour
Anne Duk Hee Jordan’s work approaches colonial histories and remaining coloniality through the perspective of five plant protagonists: nutmeg, clove, tea, pepper and cinnamon. The migration and trade of these plants and spices have been central to the growth of the Dutch economy since the seventeenth century. The lucrative commerce of the spices in was premised on exploitative extraction of both plant resources and human labour.
A former parking lot is transformed into an open landscape with a living plant archive. The building of the archive approximates an assembly of gustatory and sensory material referring to both the historical and present context. Researcher and curator Pauline Doutreluingne elaborates the archive by attempting to outline the possibility for trans-material archiving, functioning at the intersection of nature, food, history and postcolonial thinking.