CAMBODIA SELECTION I
When urban foxes are accidentally attracted to a photo-shoot by slices of sausage, when flies write poetic scores on panes of glass, or quite normal street-lamps do not switch on until someone passes them, then the young Danish artist Tue Greenfort is at work. His work looks at natural and technical cycles with a great deal of critical commitment and an equally large helping of profound humor, with ecological viewpoints at the center of his interest. At the same time, Tue Greenfort ties these complex cycles into the language of modern art — and so a whole variety of operating systems enter into an entirely productive dialogue.
Greenfort’s art reflects a world in which animals, people, nature, culture, science and industry, and through them also art, are joined together in a complex network.
Greenfort’s installation Public Flower Pollination is on show at Rauma Biennale Balticum. It is a space in which an artificial habitat is created for the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). In this work, Greenfort juxtaposes culture and nature, interior and exterior, the natural and the artificial. The elements of the piece are greenhouse structures and a pollination system for bumblebees in greenhouse conditions with nests and feeding stations.
Bumblebees are the most important pollinators of plants, and because of their size they are effective. They are very important for man because they pollinate berries, fruit and vegetables. Bumblebees are endangered species in many developed countries because of, for example, insecticides and the destruction of the environment. Three species of bumblebee have already become extinct and nine are endangered. Public Flower Pollination accords space and attention to bumblebees, paying homage to their valuable and irreplaceable work.
Lassi Lehtinen of Schetelig Oy designed the greenhouse structures.