My Name is Monstera , assembled by Essi Kausalainen, is a performance for wind quintet, two primates, textile, and text in a mid-sized room. In the piece we’ll meet with a mutating organism, open a dialogue with Carl von Linné’s ghost, bathe in sound, and rename ourselves.
Carl von Linné is a Swedish naturalist, who in the 1700s created the basis for modern taxonomy, and whose passion to order still haunts our way of living with and as nature. Monstera is a tropical climbing plant that grows on top of other plants, adapting their shapes. Like all vegetal beings, its body is thoroughly sensitive to light, operating like the human eye - although in a far more detailed manner - observing its visual surroundings.
Performers: Medina Omeragic & Masi Tiitta
Narrator, Clarinet: Julia Rima
Oboe: Sara Hakaste
Flute: Matti Laine
Bass: Heljä-Maaria Rantala
French horn: Mari Tirkkonen
Concept & Directing: Essi Kausalainen
Photo: M. Kuorinki