Still from Plantarians, 2017, HD video, colour, sound, 9 minutes 33 seconds

An English-style garden, a plot of earth in New York’s Central Park, a garden and a cemetery in Maastricht: Plantarians asks, 'what does it mean to have a garden?' Divided into episodes, the film studies the capacity of garden plants to respond to the particularities of their surroundings; at the same time, it tracks the lives of the contemporary men and women who cultivate, enjoy, eat, obsess over, and even grieve with and for these plants.
The piece invites audiences to witness the codependent existence of Earth’s living organisms and to reflect on how this interdependence can be characterised by both conflict and intimacy.

Special participants: Theo Tijssens, Jose Zinzun, Diana Robertson, Moira Coleman, Laura Simpson, Simon Brown, Mark Aerial Waller, Steve Brill, and the plants
Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Translated by Domin Chong in Korean
Translated by Huibhaye van der Werf, Anne Vangronsveld, Kieren Jones in English
Second camera of "The Hunger" by Seungho Park
Developed during Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2017 (UK), Summer Lodge Residency 2018 at Nottingham Trent University (UK), and Jan van Eyck Academie Residency 2019-2020 (NL)
Supported by the Elephant Trust (UK) and Arts Council Korea (KR)​​


Plantarians: neighbours, 2018, research still
What makes for a good neighbour? And expanding on that question, what makes a good neighbour for a plant?



Plantarians: more salad, huh?, 2018, HD video, colour, sound, 40 seconds​​​​​​​




Still from Plantarians: barbers, 2018, HD 2 channel video, colour, sound, 3 minutes



Still from Plantarians: the hunger, 2020, HD video, ​​​​​​​colour, sound, 6 minutes 20 seconds



Still from Plantarians: escapee, 2020, HD video, colour, sound, 5 minutes



Still from Plantarians: the garden on your belly, 2020, HD video, ​​​​​​​colour, sound, 11 minutes 34 seconds



Exhibitions / Screenings
(upcoming) Plantarians, Solo Exhibition, Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2020
Video Acts, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2020
Plantarians, Solo Exhibition, Exhibition Spaces, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2020
Experimental Edge Film & Art Festival, Tallahassee, Florida, US, 2020
Face to Face: solo-screening, Korean Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019
Västerås Film Festival, Västerås, Sweden, 2019
Experimental Forum, Los Angeles, US, 2019
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, 2019
Strangelove Time-based Media Festival: Every Second Counts, The Photographers Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Fabrica, Brighton; Hop Projects CT20, Folkestone, UK, 2019
Dear Cinema, MMCA Film & Video, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2018
Plantarians series (work in progress), Bonington Studio at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, 2018  
New Work: Plantarians, LUX Moving Image, London, UK, 2017 ​​​​​​​


Plantarians, 2020, four-channel HD video installation views at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands

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Plantarians, 2017-2020, video installation views at the Open Studios 2020, Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands