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Happenings

Brick Hill Plant Lab | About Happenings

"The simplest new form of scoring for interaction between the environment, people, and other elements is the environmental  event or 'happening,' where a score is devised which establishes certain preconditions and then allows for freedom in the process. The happening as an environmental art form is based on the scoring idea that that the process is an essential ingredient in the making of environments. The process is usually loosely delineated and consists of activities, not how they are carried out. 

In its earliest forms the happening has inevitable connections to abstract expressionist painting, in which the action formed the painting but then went out into the environment to include the outside world and objective (as well as subjective) elements. In the happening, simple directions are given, a place is chosen for the event, and (sometimes) props are used. What transpires, however, is largely the result of the participants' own input and interaction, since the event is, in most instances, not overly structured. This is not to imply, however, that no structure exists. It does. The organizer of the happening has outlined certain parameters, he has established an environment, he has (by choosing location, time, and very often establishing attitudes) guided the resultant form into an organized work. The designer of a happening catalyses actions in certain directions, but does not determine what precisely emerges. Happenings are not chaos - they may appear chaotic, but when carefully thought out and programmed they can result in superb works: scored but not completely controlled. The event becomes a kind of instant symbiosis between the participants and their environment." - Lawrence Halprin, The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment, 1969.

The Fluxus movement in conceptual art

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Brick Hill Plant Lab | Dahlia Tubers & Plants Sale 2021

The Brick Hill Plant Lab has cultivated dahlias since 2014ish. The specimen collection has expanded annually, and we share the bounty of flowers, tubers, and the relationships they inspire with constituents across Baltimore. In 2021, we are expanding our capacity to share dahlia tubers and plants with a larger audience. If you are local to the Baltimore area, we welcome collaboration and continued engagement throughout the season. We offer ongoing learning opportunities and custom technical assistance for all of your dahlia questions, concerns, and celebrations. In the Fall, we are available to dig, divide, and store your dahlias. The Brick Hill Plant Lab is always questioning, researching, and learning about dahlias, no matter what the season.

To purchase dahlia tubers or potted-up, healthily growing dahlia plants for your 2021 growing season, please visit our store or send us an email at brickhillplantlab@gmail.com.

Dahlia tubers and plants will remain on sale and available until stock or time runs out this season.

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Brick Hill Plant Lab | Plants & Starts Swap & Sale 2021

The Brick Hill Plant Lab learns by experimentation. Seed starting is part of our studio practice, as we literally grow our materials from the ground up, investigating and participating in every part of materials life-cycle. Every year, we share these experiments with the constituents of the plant lab. Constantly changing, our availability is in flux. To purchase or trade plants, starts, cuttings, or seeds, please take a look at our On-going Experiments.

To purchase dahlia tubers or potted-up, healthily growing dahlia plants for your 2021 growing season, please visit our store or send us an email at brickhillplantlab@gmail.com.

Plants and starts will remain on sale and available until stock or time runs out this season.

As the weather permits, we look forward to ...