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It Takes Work to Get the Modern Lawn

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During a residency at the Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation in the summer of 2015, Chloé Roubert and Gemma Savio collaborated on a public intervention using the main lawn of the iconic Gropius-designed Bauhaus School as their subject matter and medium. Based on archival research, botanical mapping, and contextual observations, the duo mowed the inscription “it takes work to get the natural look” in large letters into two-months of lawn-growth to reveal the “invisible” labour and matter that goes into the construction of an environment. This performance and landscape intervention emphasized the symbiotic relationship between the organic and the human as well as the mechanisms behind the commodification of nature throughout modernity that often occlude this inherent connection.

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