Mapping Native Flora in NYC: The Chorography of Collaboration

Lise Brenner, Ulrich Lorimer, Katrina Simon


This paper outlines The City from a Plant’s Perspective: Mapping Native Flora in NYC, a collaborative site-specific project. Participants were myself (Lise Brenner, choreographer), Ulrich Lorimer (curator, Native Plant Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden) and Katrina Simon (Senior Lecturer, Landscape Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney). The impetus was iLAB, a research grant offered annually since 2006 through iLAND Art ( for performance research between movement-based artists and scientists. The research must centre on some aspect of the New York City environment and a public presentation of the research is required.

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