Listening Garden was a curatorial project that gave time and space for various 'acts of listening'. Inside the garden, Natalie Mik acted as a gardener whose role was to invite artists into the garden to unfold their creative expressions; to entertain the public audience by dancing and writing poems; to make tea; to groom the plants and to sweep the floor.
Listening Garden acted as a transforming and living archival environment which was activated by the imaginative force of the guest artists (Kiyomi Fukui, Seek Ceramics/Grace Eunchong, Shea Vititow, Gregory Lenczucki), the growing and fading plants, and ultimately by the visitors who located their thoughts and energy inside the garden. In the Listening Garden, ‘listening’ meant ‘paying true attention’ to ourselves and our surroundings. Listening Garden was a transformation of the art gallery into a place for rest, touch, feel, taste, smell and listen without typical gallery limitations. The garden required some attention and delicacy from the audience. In this respect, Listening Garden was also an indicator of social connection and codes of public behavior.
Photo: Kelly Hamilton