No Such Things Grow Here

Susi Gelb

21 Jul — 21 Aug 17

Max-Joseph-Platz, Odeonsplatz, Lenbachplatz

A video showing an eagle's head can be seen on a large screen at Max-Joseph-Platz. On the square, people sit in the shade of palm trees.

Video and installations under palm trees at Max-Joseph-Platz © Foto: Susi Gelb

The title “No such things grow here” refers to Susi Gelb’s research cosmos: unknown and forgotten secrets from nature and the animal world, alchemy and science.

Multimedia installation in the city center by Susi Gelb

In the summer of 2017, arrangements of tropical plants and sculptural works grew in the city center. Under the title “no such things grow here”, the Munich artist Susi Gelb invited visitors to Odeonsplatz, Max-Joseph-Platz and Lenbachplatz for a visual expedition through unknown and forgotten secrets from nature and the animal world. The artist created a lively setting that had a certain life of its own: the focus was on smart materials that can independently change their properties and adapt to other environmental conditions.

An oversized LED screen shone above Max-Joseph-Platz, a tropical palm tree grew directly out of the cobblestones on Odeonsplatz and set pieces of a banana plantation were found on Lenbachplatz. A film specially developed for the project was at the heart of the intervention in public space. The video is like a window, opening up a hyper-view. time becomes space. Flowing and mysterious, a yellow snake shows almost unreal scenes – no such things – of a stimulating research trip.

The artist deals with research, science and art and nature as a medium and questions the existing classifications of natural and artificial.

A supporting program during the period deepened individual artistic and scientific content.


Max-Joseph-Platz, Odeonsplatz, Lenbachplatz

80333 München