_"In her multi-layered interactive installation Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
makes plants into the keepers of a collective cultural history
triggered by human touch."
- Alice Dixon, Curator of Built for Us, Nuit Blanche (Toronto)
"The singing plants are the most
user-friendly works of art that I’ve experienced in a long
time...communicating with a houseplant is a geek treat extraordinaire!"
- R.M. Vaughan, Columnist, The Globe & Mail
SiMalaya Alcampo, a powerful calming force, welcomes us. She sits on
a carpet amongst plants arranged in a semi-circle. The audience is
drawn closer to form another semi-circle: plants and audience now
Our Experience is transformed by the way we engage with each other.
tells us she grew up in her Lola’s (Grandmother’s) garden beneath the
banana leaves, protected from the hot sun of the Philippines. As she
speaks, a red spotlight lingers on the varnished wooden floor like a
sunset...we are in a garden; Jo’s words and gestures transform our
Have we been here before? What we cannot remember is how the plants sing!