This work deals with the relationship between orchids, bees and machines together through the idea of co-evolution. Using industrial landscapes and advertising aesthetics, the video depicts situations in which a subject is not in the center, forms are in contact with each other, and are in a continuous flow.
Today, the bio-semiotic relationship between bee and plant has been differentiated by a floristry industry based on the desire economy. Plants that use their appearance to proliferation through bees also use the same strategies on humans. This situation causes people to grow plants on a mass scale due to their mere appearance and creates a positive feedback causing excessive growth. The biological signs of the plant are transformed into industrial signs; ads based on desire consumption trigger more production and more production also triggers more advertising needs.
On the other hand, the machines are becoming an important part of the reproductive mechanism of the plant by accelerating this propagation process. Rapid production pressure makes it necessary for machines to change over time to use more organic and more modular forms.
Mimicry (2017), a 1’ 50’’ long video with changing aesthetic elements, includes footage from an orchid factory, if one can call it that. Mimicry shows the ways in which the production of orchids, as a symbol of nature, becomes automatized in the process of producing an ever more efficient production line. The footage of a bee and the machines that encourage faster growth become integral to the natural orchid. Mimicry, in certain ways, continues asking questions about the term colonization and its further application in understanding the relationship between nature and the machine.
-Emre Yeşilbaş, Coven Berlin
"Colony" exhibition, 2017-18, Abud Efendi Konagi, Istanbul