Photo of three weeds: dooryard dock (Rumex longifolius), creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) and common mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Other-Than-Human

Other-Than-Human is the first LP released by the Band of Weeds. All the tracks are based on the recordings from three weeds: mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), northern dock (Rumex longifolius) and creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) – all ancient introductions in Finland. They are also unwanted invaders in human-controlled settings like farms fields, lawns and gardens, and often described by the terms such an aggressive spreader, a severe allergen and a dreadful weed.

Footages filmed by Jyri Pitkänen in the cultivated forest in the Lake District of Finland.
Footages from William Herzog’s film the Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974). Kaspar had a dream, where a blind Bedouine leads his caravan to an oasis only by smelling water from long distance.
Footages from London Westminster tube station, Museum of Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museum, mixed with footages from Chittagong shanty town and found footages from the Bangalore Zoo.
Footages from the archive of the Museum of Political History in St Petersburg: early Soviet films and documentary film material from the Russian revolution and the civil war.
Footages filmed in the industrial hemp field in Western Coast of Finland. 
Footages filmed in Shahrak-e Namak Abrud, Iran.