Garden Game

Kortrijk, Belgium

At the 2009 Secret Gardens Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium, we experiment with how to make a garden by not being there to make it. Instructions for how to play "Garden Game" are emailed to Belgium, where a game of dice is played by dancers in the backyard of Broelmuseum. Rolling dice determines the layout of hedge walls. Dancers (Passerelle) locate 35 planting beds using dice, dials, string, and stakes. Garden builders (Tuinarchitectuur-Tuinaanleg) prepare and plant the beds with either leylandii, fagus, or bamboo. "Garden Game" is documented by Belgian video artist Koen Moerman. "The Chaotic Rise and Fall of the White Masked Man and Other Common Acts" is a video installation exhibited at the Broelmuseum, which views the garden as a stage for living.