Indigo and Sunshine Yellow: transoceanic stories of plants

installation – plantmusic - performative readings

Curated by Gudrun Ingratubun and Nelden Djakababa Gericke

The natural colours of indigo and sunshine yellow are the focus of this series of outdoor events held at the benches of the raised plant beds at Karl-August-Platz. These colours are derived from plants that have been brought to Europe from different parts of the world, interwoven within layers of colonial histories. Through the dye-ing shade sails together, plant-generated music presentations, and multi-perspective readings, we invite you to engage in exchanges with and about these extraordinary plants, including the colonial and gender-based aspects of the histories involving these plants and courageous women.

We want to re-kindle dialogue between us as humans and plants, eye to eye and ear to ear. The readings and music from the events will then be recorded and made available via a QR code on the benches of the raised plant beds.


Sunday, 2.7.23, 5 pm

reading in German, Indonesian and English – meditative music in dialogue with indigo plants – dyeing of a shade sails with indigo

Saturday, 8.7.23, 5 pm

reading in German + Sign Language, Spanish and English, meditative music in dialogue with tagetes plants, dyeing of a shade sail with tagetes

Sunday, 1.10.23, 5 pm

reading about indigenous nature philosophies in German + Sign Language and English, performance, collective poetry making,

Place: plant benches at Karl-August-Platz, opposite Krumme Straße 38, 10627 Berlin

Participating artists: Bilawa Respati, Citlali Huezo, Kei Watanabe, Kunigunde Berberich, Mojisola Adebayo, Rosanna Lovell, Setu Legi, Simon Köslich and many more