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In House: Artist in Residence

Politics of Plants. Preliminary Questions

Zheng Bo & Stephan Gale

On 22 July, the East Asian lunisolar calendar Solar Term transitioned into the period Greater Heat (大暑). In this conversation, Stephan Gale and Zheng Bo spoke about orchids. Focusing on how orchids and fungus interact, they reflected on how the relations between these species might be considered politically.


Zheng Bo, LIFE IS HARD. WHY DO WE MAKE IT SO EASY?, 2018. Commissioned by Thailand Biennale, Krabi, and supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Photo: Abdulromae Taleh

  • 60 min.
  • In English

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During the conversation, Zheng and Gale took a walk together through Hong Kong’s Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Listeners were invited to do the same: to take a walk in nature, to listen to the conversation and imagine possible relations between humans and other beings.

Stephan Gale is a senior ecologist at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong, an institution for nature conservation, holistic education and sustainable living. Gale specialises in orchid ecology and conservation, he co-wrote The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong (2011), A Guide to Orchids of Hong Kong (2014) and most recently A Guide to Orchids of Laos (2018).

Zheng Bo is an artist and theorist currently based on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. As this year’s In House: Artist in Residence, he is exploring how equality between species on the planet can be reimagined and realised. During his residency, Zheng is deepening his research through exchange with scientists and is holding events on the Solar Terms of the year, beginning with this series of live conversations.