Look for a low and wide container at home ( tray, low box with a nylon on the bottom, etc.), almost water tight (with some small holes on the bottom), size about 50-60 cm with a height of at least 3-4 cm. Fill it with sterile soil, the gardening soil sold in the supermarket is perfect. Put the tray on the balcony, in the open air, and take care to keep the soil always wet, so that it never dry completely . Monitor the tray over several weeks. Wait until, after a while, the tub begins to be colonised by different types of plants, both herbaceous and shrubby and tall trees. In fact, seeds will arrive, carried by the wind and other vectors, and they will begin to germinate inside the tray. At first it will not be so easy to understand the difference between the species, but with the passing of time the tall-stem species will begin to reveal themselves.
Now try to figure out what species it is. Observe and monitor the growth of the plants and other organisms that colonize the tank.
After a few months of growth, when the isolation from Covid-19 is over, your little tray will have probably turned into a small potential forest. At that point, take your tray, go to a field and put in the soil all the plants that will have developed, taking care to respect the distances between each plant , depending on the species .
Andrea Caretto (Turin, 1970, degree in Natural Sciences) and Raffaella Spagna (Rivoli, 1967, degree in Architecture) conceive art as a form of research, a way of free investigating the multiple dimensions of reality: formal and qualitative characteristics of matter, but also quantitative physical aspects, philosophical and social issues, developing processes that evolve over long term. Whether these are installations, collective actions, performances or sculptures, their works are always the outcome of a “relational process”, in the sense that they emerge from the complex field of relationships that the authors establish with different elements (organic, inorganic, living, etc.) of the environment in which they operate. In recent years their research has been based on the idea that the form of things (including works of art) can be understood as a manifestation of embedded forces, an expression of a “relational field” with which, as artists, they intend to confront themselves. They have collaborated on a permanent basis since 2002, exhibiting in public and private institutions in Italy and abroad. They are among the founders of the artists’ association “Diogene”, which, among other activities, promotes the international residency for artists “Diogene Bivaccourbano” – www.progettodiogene.eu
They also collaborate with the Interuniversity Research Centre IRIS (Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Sustainability) of the University of Turin and Brescia and with the Faculty of Education of the University of Turin.
They live and work in Cambiano (To).