Becoming Plant: the Experience (2022) is based on documentary footage by the artist, which has been transformed into a film installation specifically for the Archenhold Observatory in Berlin. Accompanied by a soundscore by Jeff Mills, the work follows a group of six dancers and a psychiatrist, who participate in a therapeutic collective experiment with psychedelics, during which they temporarily live together in a former military base. While they are influenced by the plant’s consciousness and each other’s presence, they perform choreography, aligning their naked bodies with each other and with the architectural ruins.
Becoming Plant: The Experience is the most recent development in Ndiritu’s ongoing quest to reintroduce non-rational methodologies of knowledge and inquiry into our experience of art spaces in order to reactivate their forgotten “sacredness.” Having begun with her previous project Healing the Museum (2021), this journey continues with Becoming Plant: the Experience, which seeks to explore novel and ancient ways of thinking about psychedelic plants as healing modalities for mental health issues such as depression. The work serves as a catalyst for discussing wider social and relational issues and as a springboard encouraging us to reflect upon science, spirituality, psychiatry, healing, and healthcare.