Alex Cecchetti, Belladonna, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland

General Ecology: PLANTSEX

What do plants reveal to us about sex and desire?

Ancient Greeks used orchids and lettuce to enhance and suppress sexual appetite. Thinking beyond plants as a backdrop or decoration, what do they teach us about sex and desire? Reflecting on the long and deep relationship between botany, eroticism, agriculture and myth, this episode will make you see, hear and feel plants like never before.

General Ecology is a long-term, cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary and cross-media research project. Harnessing the network and learnings developed over the last years, the project is the Serpentine’s think tank at the porous thresholds of art, science and the humanities, bringing together the most forward-thinking researchers, artists, activists and practitioners from all disciplines to reflect on the urgent crises of the Anthropocene by thinking ecologically both within the Galleries, across a network of individuals and organisations, and in a wider context.

Host: Victoria Sin
Production: Jessie Lawson for Reduced Listening
Mixing: Steve Wyatt


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