Sacrament for unwanted plants, Heilige Bonen

On 28 June 2009 4.30 til 5.30 in the Jeruzalem church, a dawn service ‘Heilige Bonen’ was held as a sanctification for all the plants which are growing wildly, autonomously and unwantedly around the church.

On 28 June 2009 from 4.30 til 5.30 in the Jeruzalem church, a dawn service ‘Heilige Bonen’ was held as a sanctification for all the plants which are growing wildly, autonomously and unwantedly around the church — between the church fence and the public square which abuts the church garden. ‘Sacrament for the unwanted plants’ was one performance as part of the service.

In the months leading up to the dawn service, 3 Amsterdam-based artists took these plants as the basis of a sacrament, an ode to the plants which involved a plant libretto sung by the church choir accompanied by organ, a poetic prayer for plants performed by the priest, and a bloodwine made from a maceration of all the church weeds drunk at the close of the dawn service.

Organised by Foam lab Amsterdam together with the artists Annet Blut, Christina della Giustina and Wietske Maas in co-operation with the Jeruzalem church, Amsterdam.

For description of service, choir audio and libretto: Sacrament for unwanted plants ‘twighlight service

For more images: Foam photo set Heilige Bonen

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