Quadra Medicinale adopted the interdisciplinary research and knowledge forming methodologies core to Geys’s practice. Here, a geographical quadrant of a presumably organised, carefully planned urban territory is marked out and from within this “terroir,” attention is thrown on the accidental, often-overlooked street plants, or “weeds.” Through uncovering the productive properties of these seemingly useless and parasitical plants, with the aim of creating a manual for the homeless, the project juxtaposed objective, scientific systems of classification with the socially practical forms of knowledge sharing and archiving. Quadra Medicinale Singapore will include a newly-produced Singapore section where local collaborators will be invited to identify and archive 12 street plants from a quadrant of their neighbourhood.
Jef Geys represented Belgium at the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 with Quadra Medicinale. This iteration is extended by a Singapore chapter and is co-curated by Dirk Snauwaert, Artistic Director at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Ute Meta Bauer, and Khim Ong, NTU CCA Singapore.
Photo: Cabbages in car (Kempens Informatieblad – Venetië), Jef Geys, 2009. Image courtesy of Jef Geys Estate.