“…engaging…whimsical…memorable. This performance was over way too soon.”
“a complex, immersive and inventive experience”
“original, so creative, and lots of fun”
“Plantarum” brought me to tears”
“I will remember this”
“Cat Jones’ work was probably the most transformative for me.”
“I could feel it for days”
“It’s subtle, multi-sensory, esoteric and a great lateral addition to the program.”
Gail Priest, Realtime 121 Together Listening to Landscape, on WIRED OPEN DAY 2014 (5th para)
Presented as part of Proximity Festival 24 October – 2 November 2013, PICA, Perth.
Empathic Limb Clinic is an immersive sensory experience for one person at a time. It offers you the chance to cultivate the mind and reconsider your relationship with nature.
This unique live artwork blends horticulture with neuroscience. Cat Jones invites you into The Plantarum, a mobile field laboratory of micro-experiments for an experience that may literally change your mind.
Jones leads you in an intimate conversation between the human mind and flora. She takes you on a surprising internal journey through deep time from the past, the present, into the future to raise questions that are global and social, political and personal.
Is this for me? A sensory experience for those not afraid to experiment with plants.
Artists: Cat Jones with sound by Melissa Hunt
Curators: James Berlyn, Sarah Rowbottam
Provocateur: Kelli McCluskey
Empathic Limb Clinic can also be presented as FIELDWORK: Empathic Limb Clinic and has previously been presented as a triptych along with Evolution: A Walk [with Herbivores] and In the Waiting Room: Needling Clitorides Histories.
All these works are flexible, are site responsive and available to tour.
Proximity Festival is auspiced by Performing Lines.
Development of The Plantarum: Empathic Limb Clinic was supported by Australia Council for the Arts through a Creative Australia Fellowship, fo.am and CIA Studios. Special thanks to SymbioticA, Anna Tregloan, Prof Stephan Schug, Michelle Nunn, Janet Carter, Pierce Davison, Loren Kronemeyer and Cate Hull.
Empathic Limb Clinic was first presented at performance studies 19, Stanford, USA.