The Last Few Remaining Gendela
Built in my artist residency at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: Dairy Farm 2011, with the support of National Parks.
This video sculpture is built on a gigantic kaleidoscope with a projected animation of an extinct native plant species: The Gendela.
Extinction |ikˈsti ng (k)t|: refers to species which have not been sighted in the wild for roughly 30 years. The forest floral of Singapore suffers serious losses and extinctions since large-scale forest clearing began in the 1800. 80% of floral remaining in Singapore is classified as either endangered or vulnerable.
Using digital imaging, the Digital Botany Lab easily resurrects Gendela (an extinct Singapore's native plant, not sighted in the last 12 years)
While tackling the issue of the threats of rapid urbanization on of Singapore’s biodiversity, the artist expresses her concern of the convenience of digital replacement in our lives. Replacement is never a fair equation. No matter how business trends disguises itself, digital plant only exist within its virtual interface. The artist portrayal of an attitude of contempt and greed of The Digital Botany Lab towards conservation, urges us to look into our problematic insolent generation.