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Most recent exhibition:
You lookin' at me? in Sydney

You lookin' at me? in Singapore

Last winter:
You lookin' at me?
December 15 ~ January 8, Amsterdam Light Festival 2016

A year ago:
'Sneaky Serpents' in Sweden
(Norrköping Light Festival - December 5, 2015 ~ January 31, 2016)

Photosynthesis 2015 was made possible by grants from Stokroos
Foundation, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Royal Dutch
Botanical Society and the Royal Microscopical Society.

The 'Tropisms 12' Photosynthesis app ( iOS, Android ) is the official catalogue of the travelling exhibition. This extended collection shows even more works than are displayed on this site, and contains all the films in high quality, including the internationally rewarded stopmotion animation film Red end and the Seemingly Symbiotic Society.

Two specially created tropistic artworks,
'Sneaky Serpents' and 'This is it, be here now' ,were part of the
Amsterdam Light Festival - November 27, 2014 ~ January 18, 2015


Photosynthesis is the miracle by which green plants capture energy from the sun. It is the basis of all life. In a series of elegant experiments, 18th century botanist Professor John Hope, the first Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, demonstrated the pulling power of the sun by suspending plants upside down and using mirrors to show that light overcame gravity in directing the growth of new shoots. The 'motions of vegetables', as Hope called them, are governed by phenomena known as tropisms.


"A tropism (from Greek τροπος, tropos, 'a turning') is a biological phenomenon, indicating growth or turning movement of a biological organism, usually a plant, in response to an environmental stimulus" (Wikipedia). The most common example of tropism is a plant growing in the direction of light.

Taking their lead from this phenomenon, the Tropists are a Dutch collective of artists, photographers, designers, cineasts, poets and scientists. In their work they deal with phenomena occurring literally or figuratively at the edge of perception - events that are hardly noticed, but which lead to a reaction similar to the manner in which a plant responds to light. The Tropists feel a great affinity with the natural world and their works seek to depict plants in new and unusual ways.

Shedding new light on plants

The artists create new depictions of plants, using unusual, often scientific, visualization techniques that blur the lines between art and science. The use of X-ray, pinhole, electron microscope and infrared photography subverts usual assumptions. The results are unique series of artistic visualizations that offer a surprising and spectacularly different view on plants. Each series of this traveling exhibition, has a Latin name that typefaces the perception.

All works of art are available as signed and numbered limited editions. The Photosynthesis catalogue and six posters of works can be obtained at the reception and the catalogue app is available in the Apple App Store and at Google Play.


First shown in the summer of 2013 in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Art movement Tropism is responsible for the travelling exhibition 'Fotosynthese', shedding new light on plants.
All displayed works, and more, are for sale in limited editions.
Buy the catalogue app for iPad in the App Store or view and buy the printed catalogue.