Arrangement for Houseplants, Voice, Violin & Percussion 

Tune in to the realm of plant sound—here, someone depends on this acoustic energy. Welcome to a tabletop garden in the green room: at the edges of our human hearing, are we more alert to what we share with plant life? 

An intimate sound art installation that calls attention to the science and poetry of plant-human interdependence. Across the fields of ecology and art, current research suggests that a deeper appreciation of plant sociality and bioacoustics has regenerative potential on a planetary scale. ‘to know if you are here’ localises such an appreciation in ‘humble’ houseplants: for the War-Rak/Banksia Festival, in a tabletop garden that includes seedlings and buried seeds of the so-called ‘hairpin banksia’ (Banksia spinulosa var cunninghamii)—a banksia native to eastern Australia that usually flowers from March to September.  

LOCATION: Green Room (upstairs of theatre)

Created by potted plants (24), Elissa Goodrich & Cynthia Troup 

Voice by 
Deborah Kayser

Installation design by Elissa Goodrich & Cynthia Troup 

Production assistance by Cressida Bradley 

Co-produced by Elissa Goodrich, Cynthia Troup & La Mama 

Image by Rebecca McCauley

Specific accessibility information for this event:

Visual Rating: 50%
This event is partly subtitled or includes dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating: 75%
Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.