This place, unaware of our logics and programmatic ambitions, has a marginal nature and has become a spontaneous garden by its own means.
Instead of denying its own character, or imposing an abstract discourse about any other quality of the space, we believe the intervention should serve to enhance the garden itself.
We claim the reprogramming of this space as a collective action. The act of experiencing a garden should go beyond the mere observation. The real perception of a garden, of its –and our– present, can only be experienced and felt through intervention.
Making a physical, tangible action allows us to go beyond being mere observers, as we become part of the garden. This makes us aware that our individual actions all leave their footprint behind and contribute to shape the collective spaces we live in.
This intervention goes beyond this particular Biennale. We understand the garden as a process, not as an end itself. It is intended to be a dialogue between you –the visitor– and the garden.
From the 26th of May to the 25th of November, this will be the temporary garden for the Spanish Pavilion at the Biennale. During this time, the actions of every visitor will breath life and energy to this forgotten corner.
Once the Biennale is over, we will abandon this space again. But the garden will remain, once again unaware of us and our attention. It will still keep working under its own rules, moving, transforming, eternally becoming, until we come back to rediscover it in the next Biennale. Then, it will be a different garden, it will have grown and evolved. But it will still be the timeless garden.
In its previous state, the abandoned backyard was full of useless and discarded objects that were left behind.
By recognising its marginal nature, we reset this unprogrammed spontaneous garden to its primary state: we clear and weed several zones, conserving the flora of interest, and adding a new substrate where more plants will be able to thrive.
During the Biennale, this abandoned backyard will no longer be a forgotten space. It will welcome all the visitors, inviting them to take part in its re-programming, mutating and evolving with every sowing.
The backyard will be abandoned again until the next Biennale. With this renewed energy, and the introduction of new annual and perennial species, the backyard will be able to thrive and reprogram itself over time.
40 parts of Clay
10 parts of Worm humus
1 part of Selected seeds