Rooted Hauntology Lab – Ingrid Vranken

Ingrid Vranken presents her graduation project at DAS Theater – Academy on Theatre and Dance in het Glazen Huis on Sunday 2th of June 2019, from 8:00 until 22:00. In preparation she will start working in het Glazen Huis from mid-May onwards.

Rooted Hauntology Lab / Séance #1 Rooted Hauntology Lab invites plants, artists, thinkers and audiences to ‘be-with’ each other, to contemplate our planetary co-existence. Rooted Hauntology Lab commits to ‘thinking-with’ the trouble’, acknowledging that human knowledge alone is not enough. Our photosynthetic colleagues include decorative exotic plants, carnivorous plants and common kitchen herbs. Our practices attempt to go beyond gardening or exploiting aesthetic objectification, and question our politics of relation, both towards the non-human and human others.

Rooted Hauntology Lab works inside the space of spectrality. We investigate how the (urban) Western human is haunted, and the role which plants play in that. By thinking and working together, we attempt to make the invisible visible.


Vinny Jones, Sepideh Ardelani, Špela Petrič and Bryana Fritz were the first human artists-in-residence of Rooted Hauntology Lab. In Séance #1 we show their processes and temporary results to invited and casual audiences. Through playful interactions, the members of the audience become co-creators of the séance in an attempt to generate a more relational way of being in the world.

Ingrid Vranken completed Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp and Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked as a dramaturg, producer and curator for multiple artists and arts organizations in Flanders. Ingrid is a member of FoAM, a transdisciplinary laboratory for speculative cultures. Her research focusses on new collaborative, curatorial and dramaturgical models and a wider ecological and post-capitalist transition that include other-than-humans.

Rooted Hauntology Lab / Séance #1 is Vinny Jones, Sepideh Ardelani, Špela Petrič,  Bryana Fritz,Ingrid Vranken,  Evelien Geerts, Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, Ieva Pranckunaite, Saracenia, Monstera, Mimosa, Nettle, Mugwort, Money tree, Aloë Vera, Calathea, Blue fern, Lepelplant.
Advised by Stefanie Wenner and Arthur Kneepkens

With special thanks to Lara Staal, Rasa Alksnyte, Kate Rich,  Gaëtan Dartevelle, Suzanne Knip-Mooij Silvia Botirolli, Barbara Van Lindt, all my peers at DAStheatre, Alice Smits, Zone2Source, FoAM,  the texts by Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Karen Barad, Vandana Shiva, Mark Fisher, Michael Marder, Anna Tsing, Giovanni Aloi and countless conversations, articles, tips, by many other critters

Preliminary program –
Please note that all times are approximate, and the gathering will follow the flow of its surroundings and visitors!

Ongoing: RHL library (make your own reader), artistic research proposals by Vinny Jones, Sepideh Ardalani

8:00 – opening of the park, morning nap with sound work by Maja Kuzmanovic & Nik Gaffney
10:00 – breakfast, morning lab procedures, introduction to the artistic researches
11:00 – lecture & worksession by Evelien Geerts: what is new materialism, OOO & posthumanism? What are the political potentials and apolitical trappings?
13:30 – lunch & afternoon lab procedures
15:00 – lecture Arjen Mulder: my friend the plant
16:30 – artistic research proposal by Špela Petrič: the vegetariat
18:30 – 22:00 – curated dinner & celebration

** Please note that there is also a paying event going on in Amstelpark on the 2nd of June. To avoid getting lost in between food trucks, it is important that you enter the park through De rode brug (marked with the letter B on the map) in order to reach Het Glazen huis (marked with the number 9 on the map).

Past projects