Linnaeus’ Flower Clock
colour, tinted, stereo
duration 17 min.
monitor 27”, media player, amplifier, stereo speakers
from an interview
‘and these things which live by dying.’
– R.M. Rilke, Duino Elegies
Perhaps flowers more than anything else have this quality about which Rilke writes. Indeed perhaps it is their intransient nature which lends them their beauty. Basis for this video piece is a text by Linnaeus dating from approximately 1735. His ‘flower clock’ reads as a time line: at every hour of the day another sort of flower opens or closes. In this piece I incorporate film fragments dating from the beginning of cinema and private video material. Like Linnaeus, I try to find reason and order in my personal life, but often I fail. As Barthes writes in his ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ about the image-reportoire of the language of love, is much of the way I love through images. Linnaeus’ Flower Clock is an inquiry into such images and into the fleetingness of the visual. But finally, it is also a personal testimony of an intimate relationship.