But is it Art?

Not coming to your closest cineplex –
Plant Pornogr*phy

WE’RE NOT MAKING THIS UP.  Honestly, could we come up with a story about the "world’s first plant porn movie, "Cinema  Botanica"?   Featuring "uncensored pollination" and coming soon to "the world’s first porn theater for house plants"?

We wish we could link to the actual story, but it’s not available on the Washington Post site, so here’s the gist. Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats decided to try to entertain plants with a film he’s projecting onto their leaves "so they can absorb it."  The subject matter? Sex, of course.  "I knew enough about their reproduction process to make an educated guess at what might titillate them, and that was pollination."  His six-minute-long movie is "very boring, but that is part of the essence of pornography, that it is very repetitive."  We assume he’s speaking for himself.

Well, one final attempt to find the article yielded this blog about the article, with lots of interesting links for the plant porn fans.

So why the asterisk in the title?  Because we’ve written about n*aked gardening and been inundated with comment pornogr*phy, that’s why.  Just trying to foil a certain type of web-surfer, that’s all.

Here’s a related story, about art and bugs, this time with bugs wielding the brushes.

Posted by on September 11, 2007 at 11:35 am, in the category But is it Art?.
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3 Responses to “Not coming to your closest cineplex –
Plant Pornogr*phy”

  1. Reading Dirt says:

    Heck, I thought maybe they were re-filming the classic and wonderful educational film, “Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind.”

    http://www.css.washington.edu/emc/title/4467

  2. PlantDirt says:

    I don’t know what is worse that someone made Plant Porn or that as soon as I read about it I had to see it.

    I cant’ believe the artist appears to be taking himself even a little bit serious. I was really expecting it to be more like the “Spiders on Drugs” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc

  3. It is a Reuters story so I’m sure will get picked up everywhere. I think this is a fantastic idea – my cat has a professionally made video to watch when she is bored, why shouldn’t plants geta bit of eye candy. Okay, so they don’t have “eyes” per se – but who can say they still don’t get a thrill off it all.
    Coincidentally I’m going to a screening of My Kid Could Pain That(http://www.sonyclassics.com/mykidcouldpaintthat/) tonight and I expect there will be lots of food for thought on the “what is art” tip.

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