THE GARDEN & THE BOTANIST
Screenplay and performance
TMBR Assembly︎ 2018
Orginially shared in a reading performance at a TMBR Assembly in Brussels spring 2018.
Published later as a screenplay on writingplace.org and performed at CIVA, Brussels in collaboration with composer Marthe Belsvik Stavrum.
BE ONE TO MAKE ONE
CUT TO: GARDEN, EXT. EARLY EVENING
In the frame we see a variety of greens bathed in a soft turquoise light. The frame is broken by an irregular presence of familiar sounds. We are in a rundown garden that seized to exist as a garden and ran into wilderness until a Lord cut his trees about thirty years ago and the plot was once again considered to be worthy of being a garden, or seen as something that had the right to be cultivated. The garden is partly overgrown with bushes and trees whose branches and twigs lay low and embrace each other in the spaces in between, with intuitive arms whose leaves make crisp sounds as cassette tape in the hands of a con artist. Their veins squeezes and frowns as the larvae makes its final move and cuts into the leaf with slimy, guttural sounds. It silently wishes it could eat louder, as to finally warn off the gardens ever circling predators once and for all.
”You had to account for every move, arrival or exit. In the world there was a conspiracy against improvisation. It was only permitted in jazz.”
You already knew this but I guess the conspiracy became visible when you crossed it and images became the currency. You long to stay inside. You long for that breeze; that experience, that love. I am a voyage, I have seized to exist as a place, I exist as your desire and dream, your faith and death. I love you too but you are not my god. I think it’s honest.
READ FURTHER AT WRITINGPLACE︎
Special thanks to TMBR Assembly
Annee Grøtte Viken
Marthe Belsvik Stavrum
The Botanist / The Official; ‘Seduction Of The Minotaur’ by Anaïs Nin, Penguin Books, London, 1993; , p.5, 9, 10, 14, 31, 33
*Derek Jarman, Modern Nature
Postcard (upside down): Ravello, Rufolo Villa, Gardens seen from the height. ediz. Carlo Cicalese – Ravello
Image: The growing tip of a fine root – By Clematis [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Common