squared plantation of oversized corn poppies - 1300 red plastic flowers of the
same height, but different shapes is located in the garden of San Servolo
Island (Venice - Italy) nearby the sidewalk. During the exhibition CREAM on
Madness within OPEN 11, the visitors of the island could interact with the fake
plantation of these mechanical flowers.
The aim of Anti
Lulling Field is to go beyond the usual description of madness, showing how
unstable one's relationship with reason and clearness of mind can be. With the
approach of the visitor, the flowers in the centre of the little plantation
start to sway, producing a feeling similar to the one experienced when one
finds himself/ herself in the middle of high vegetation and perceives some
movements in distance, without knowing what caused them. At least for one
moment, that unidentifiable entity becomes the cause of an intense and primary
fear, which takes us beyond the boundaries of normality.
Anti Lulling Field, moreover, allows us to experience a singular game
of mirrors: the agent causing the fear (the visitor who releases the movement
sensors situated around the corn poppies field) is also the one who experiences
So may be the
case with hallucinations, when we can see things as if they were real, out of
us, when they are actually only a product of our mind.