testing ground for art & ecology
2 juni 2019

Rooted Hauntology Lab

Ingrid Vranken

Ingrid Vranken presents her graduation project at DAS Theater – Academy for Theater and Dance in the Glass House on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. In preparation, she will start working in the Glass House from mid-May.

Rooted Hauntology Lab / Séance #1   Rooted Hauntology Lab invites plants, artists, thinkers and the public to ‘be together’ to reflect on the fact that we share our planet. Rooted Hauntology Lab is committed to ‘thinking-with-the-trouble’, recognizing that human knowledge alone is not enough. Our photosynthetic colleagues include decorative exotic plants, carnivorous plants and common culinary herbs. Our practices go beyond gardening or exploitative aesthetic objectification but interrogate our politics of relations towards non-human and other human others.

Rooted Hauntology Lab operates in a spectral space. We investigate how (urban) Western people are haunted and the role that plants play in this. By thinking and working together we try to make the invisible visible.

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

Ingrid Vranken studied Theater Studies at the University of Antwerp and Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked as a dramaturge, producer and curator for various artists and cultural organizations in Flanders. Ingrid is a member of FoAM, a transdisciplinary laboratory for speculative cultures. Her research focuses on new forms of collaboration and curatorial and dramaturgical models and a broader ecological and post-capitalist society inclusive of non-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, Aloe Vera , Calathea, Blue fern, Peace lily.
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, suggestions, by many other beings.

Preliminary program –
please note that all times are approximate, and the gathering will follow the flow of it’s 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?
1:30 PM – lunch & afternoon lab procedures
3:00 PM – lecture Arjen Mulder: my friend the plant
4:30 PM – artistic research proposal by Špela Petrič: the vegetariat
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM – 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). https://www.amstelpark.info/plattegrond-3/

Het Glazen Huis