Queer Nature



30. september

17:00 – 18:00

Frognerparken, main entrance, Kirkeveien, tram 12 direction Majorstua, stop: Vigelandsparken

Arrangør Future Architecture Platform og Oslo arkitekturtriennale


Celine Baumann Queer Nature Garden State By Mamaza Theater Festival Basel

Foto: Studio Céline Baumann

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Queerness in Nature enables plants to evolve by selecting a balance of favourable hereditary characteristics. It unfolds slowly and diverges from mechanisms subjugated to mere productivity and efficiency. This gradual process allows mutations vital for plants to adapt to their environment and to climate change

Queerness can be found everywhere in nature. The curated guided tour explores the rare intimate behaviour of the botanical world. By opening a post-anthropocene space for reflection, it challenges the belief that matter an intelligence should be dissociated, regarding flora as more than a mere commodity.

The vegetable kingdom is multifaceted: with an infinite variety of shapes, colours, textures and smells, it is is allergic to semblance. The origin of this extreme diversity is the result of evolution through sexual reproduction, allowing plants to adapt to changing weather, soil conditions, or predators. Such a range of possibilities can thus be framed as queer, in reference to minorities that detach themselves from binary gender conduct.

Celebrating the diversity of the vegetable kingdom means celebrating the diversity of shapes, gender, sexes and colours around us. The curated guided tour embraces the notion that plants are our oldest teachers and shares stories about their more-than-human knowledge. It explores the power of trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs as a source of inspiration, providing alternatives to the way we design and act, whether on the scale of a national territory, a public space or a private garden.

The project is part of Future Architecture Platform.

Céline Baumann is a French landscape architect based in Switzerland. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of contexts, reflecting her personal interest in international exchange and cross-cultural environments. She aims through an intersectional lens to create dynamic open spaces, informed by the interactive ecology between people and nature. More information about Céline Baumann and her work here.

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