Hortus Praxis existed as a live collective occupation of a public park around the MUDAM, Museum of Contemporary Art of Luxembourg.
Following a strict foraging philosophy to produce, we mapped the ‘useful’ plants and flowers of the park. A museum is also an ecosystem with its material cycles and waste, human and non human visitors. We recycled the waste from the museum kitchen and workshops into materials for the installation.
We foraged and experimented with the found ingredients to make drinks and ice creams for the opening. We built outside spaces to experiment in the garden, made music based on modifying the watering can we designed for the park to make instruments using sounds of water / feedback loops. We hosted printing workshops with home made natural inks, and printed the flyers for Hortus Praxis… on the last day of the exhibition.
Working outdoors Hortus Praxis establishes a different relation to time and adopts slow production and adaptation to the landscape as a guiding design philosophy.
Project concept, Design and Art Direction: Thomas Pausz
Guest Artists: Phil Shaw (printmaking with natural dyes), kira kira & Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (music improvisation)
Curated by: Nadine Eperlding & Stina Fisch for Mudam
Studio Assistant: Vanessa Berghman