Film: Linnaeus and the Terminator Seed by Pedro Neves Marques

Artist’s Garden Film Programme

Programmed in conjunction with the Artist’s Garden commission, ‘Desert is a Forest’ by Sunoj D and Namrata Neog. The film programme features works by Pedro Neves Marques, Lyndsay Mann and Asunción Molinos Gordo.

Pedro Neves Marques, Linnaeus and the Terminator Seed, 2017, Digital animation video, 15 mins. Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino.

In Linnaeus and the Terminator Seed, Pedro Neves Marques raises the question, “is there a deterministic, evolutionary line connecting modern botany to contemporary transgenics?” Gathering botanical drawings by European naturalists in Latin America and Southeast Asia, plant genome representations, documents about transgenic seeds, as well as modern depictions of the reproductive systems of flowers and humans, this short film-essay explores eighteenth-century botanist, Carl Linnaeus’ classification system of plants to consider the post-natural conditions governing current biotechnology and the colonial management of reproduction.

Pedro Neves Marques (b. 1984, lives and works in New York) is a director, visual artist and writer. Recent solo shows include CA2M, Madrid), Castello di Rivoli, Turin, and the High Line, New York; group shows include the Guangzhou Image Triennial, Liverpool Biennial, Gwangju Biennale, Tate Modern, London and Serpentine Gallery, London; and film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, European Film Awards and Indie Lisboa. Neves Marques was awarded the Present Future Art Prize, 2018; the Pinchuk Future Generation Special Prize, 2021; and will be representing Portugal at the 59th Venice Biennale, 2022.