Mannheim - a biochromatic research

For the work "Mannheim - a biochromatic research” we collected in Mannheim over 500 plants. The result is a matrix of about 504 dye residues, largely from the wild flora, including the so-called 'stream valley flora' closely associated with this fluvial environment of the Mannheim riparian areas of the Rhine. We documented many of the plant locations with a camera (Mamiya twin-eye) and, to further visually situate them, took long exposures (Cambo 4-5inch) from many important buildings in the city of Mannheim. 

In this way, we poetically and pictorially interpret the situation of plants in Mannheim, but also show the connections of the Rhine from Germany to the Netherlands. The plant biochemistry (chemistry and biochemistry of plant pigments) and plant-related biochromy by which the plant dyes are produced is unveiled on, and can be observed by, the residues. These vegetable dyes evoke (un)conscious interpretations and associations in humans. This process reveals a universal yet enigmatic language emanating from the plants.

The river connects the Netherlands and Germany not only physically. It is an ancient symbol of a united Europe and is also referred to as the "artery of Europe". For the photographic documentation of the connection between Mannheim and Amsterdam, we will spend three days photographing the changing landscape during a trip on a cargo ship on the Rhine. Using plant etymology, we want to explore the cultural ties between Germany and the Netherlands at the layer of language. 

With our work we want to project and encourage awareness of the social justice and politics of the right to environment for the whole planet, not only restricted to life forms as we perceive them.

A right for the Rhine to follow its course, undamaged to a healthy ocean, unexploited. The philosophy behind our work is an ideal for a future of a multispecies utopia that is all inclusive.

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Spontaneously occurring plants Mannheim (50 of 150)
Populus trichocarpa, Rheinpromenade
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Bidens frondosa, Hafenstraße
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Rorippa amphibia, Inselstraße Neckarufer
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Silene latifolia subsp
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Medicago falcata, Hafenstraße
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Bidens frondosa, Hafenstraße
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Silene latifolia subsp. alba
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Eryngium campestre, Archivplatz
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Tripolium pannonicum, Ölhafenstraße
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Aristolochia clematitis, Waldpark Rheinufer
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Artemisia vulgaris
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Bidens frondosa, Hafenstraße
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Chenopodium album, Glücksteinallee
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Bidens frondosa, Hafenstraße
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Buddleja davidii, Fahrlachstraße
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Plantago lanceolata, helmholtzstraße
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Helianthus tuberosus, L542 Neckarufer
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Barockschloss
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Onopordum acanthium, Inselstraße Neckarufer
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Sonchus oleraceus, B4
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Erigeron canadensis, Glücksteinallee
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Anagallis arvensis subsp. arvensis, Fahrlachstraße
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Juncus compressus, Waldpark Rheinufer
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Inula britannica, Hafenstraße
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Paulownia tomentosa, B5
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Portulaca oleracea, A3 kopie
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Amaranthus retroflexus,Stephanienufer
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Onopordum acanthium, Inselstraße Neckarufer
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Geranium pratense, L542 Neckarufer
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Onopordum acanthium, Inselstraße Neckarufer
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Plantago media, Mittlere Wegerich, Rheinpromenade
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Ailanthus altissima, Sandhoferstrasse
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Medicago sativa, Meerfeldstraße
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Echinochloa crus-galli, Hallenweg
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Echium vulgare, Rheinpromenade
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Humulus lupulus, Am Leinpfad, Neckarbrücke
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Populus x canadensis, Kaiserring, MA Hauptbahnhof
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Anchusa arvensis, Carlo Schmid Brücke
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Papaver rhoeas, Bundesstrasse 36
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Theodor-Heuss-Brücke
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Verbascum lychnitis, Hallenweg
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Petrorhagia prolifera, Wilhelmswörthstraße, Rheinufer
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Eryngium campestre, C5
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Asparagus officinalis, Holländerstraße
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Salix, Waldpark, Rheinufer
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Lathyrus latifolius, Schleusenweg, Mühlauhafen
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Myosotis scorpioides subsp. scorpioides, ASV Angelsport Wilhemwörtzweiher
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Hyoscyamus niger, Schlossgartenstraße
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Epilobium palustre, Hallenweg
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Prunella vulgaris, Fahrlachstraße
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The view from buildings of significance in Mannheim in an alternative time frame.
Barockschloss Mannheim
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Citykirche Konkordien
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Schmucker und partner Architects
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Schmucker und partner Architects
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Victoria Turm
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NTM-Nationaltheater Mannheim
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Wasserturm-Westen
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Wasserturm-Ost
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Stadthaus
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MVV-Hochhaus
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GKM-Grosskraftwerk Mannheim
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Friedrich-List-Schule
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Collini-Center
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Barockschloss Mannheim
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Alte Sternwarte
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District and soil type information
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© arja hop / peter svenson 2013