When This Tree Blossoms (2020)
Christ Church Gardens
Ilkeston Rd, Nottingham NG7 3GS.
When this tree blossoms this year, in 2020, the Future Machine will appear for the first time in Christ Church Gardens alongside other artistic interventions in the gardens and some animals close to extinction.
Keep watching as Frank Abbott adds his blossom diaries to this website and help decide when we should meet together under the trees to talk about the future… when this tree blossoms. Add to the conversation below your ideas on when, how and what should happen. Our big concern this year is will the blossoms start in February or early March, given how warm and wet the winter has been so far!
‘When this tree blossoms…’ involves a series of videos made in the garden as the tree blossoms, which will be sent out on social media to invite people to the gardens through imaginative or ritual processes. We hope to be able to make this a regular annual event. This involves thinking about series of strategies which relate us to the specificities of the space and the community that we are part of which surrounds it, to develop a series of rituals or moments which enable a process of thinking about the future. Narratives will be pursued which aim towards the bringing together of people in terms which avoid the conventions of inner city urban space – issues of access, surveillance, care and control. Rather, we aim to create an image and curiosity driven approach to this little parcel of land within the city.
When This Tree Blossomed (2019)
We last met under the trees on Friday 5th April, 2019 at 7pm and talked about the future of the project and the gardens, marked the date, ate blossom cake and samosas. As the sun went down Frank took a photo and made a film (coming soon).
When This Tree Blossomed (2018)
The first event took place ‘When this tree blossoms….’ in 2018 as part of the Performing the Future project. Artists Frank Abbott and Rachel Jacobs followed the blossom of the cherry trees in the gardens by pointing a webcam on the trees. We finally all met together on Sunday 22nd April under the trees, when they were in full blossom, to talk about the future.
Scrolling video call to meet under the blossom tree from Frank Abbott 2018
Please join the conversation about when the tree is in full blossom and when the time is right to meet by leaving a reply in the comment box below..