• Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
  • Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)
    Nocturne, 2019 (still from ongoing video)

The video contains footage of ruderal plants recorded at night accompanied by atmospheric urban sounds. A ruderal species is a plant species that is first to colonize disturbed lands in cities. Ruderal species typically dominate the disturbed area for a few years, gradually losing the competition to other native species. However, in extreme disturbance circumstances, such as when the natural topsoil is covered with a foreign substance, a single-species ruderal community may become permanently established. Besides, some ruderal invasive species may have such a competitive advantage over the native species that they, too, may permanently prevent a disturbed area from returning to its original state despite natural topsoil.

While considering that sociological terms such as native, invasive, exotic, etc. are also used in botany, the behavior of ruderal plants may act as a reminder of crime, displacement, migration, and slums. Even though the plants seen in the low light without a clear background awaken the “natural” connotations in the first place such as a forest, the city sounds in the background prevent this. The video approaches to the plants as individuals, focusing on their bodies in a haptic way.

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