A one time impromptu performance inspired by Justine Blau's installation "Depression Garden” who was presented during her stay at the Squatfabrik in May 2023.
Miniature salt crystal gardens became popular during the Great Depression as decorative elements, and are still commonly known as "Depression Flowers", "Poor Man's Flowers" or "Coal Gardens". The salt crystals grow slowly in their chemical mixture of bleach and ammonia. The installation "Depression Garden" represents a garden of depression, a stripped miniature nature, made of clay balls, slag, salt crystals and confetti. Anthropic landscape, abandoned by a carnivalesque parade with the appearance of a ruin or a feral nature in mutation.
This Butoh “ritual” was performed to the music of Japanese composers/musicians/Jinen Butoh practitioners, Hiroko Komiya and Atsushi Takenouchi, from their album, "Pendulum Sea"
Concept, Creation & Performance : Tebby W.T. Ramasike
>> Watch an extract of the performance HERE