Do plants have cognitive abilities? Do they remember and learn from memories? And do they sense and react to the world around them? Join lauded Chilean actress, playwright and director Manuela Infante, director of Vegetative State, as she chats with Noorlinah Mohamed, Director of The O.P.E.N.. Explore the boundaries of science and science fiction as the two discuss the controversial ideas behind vegetative soul, plant intelligence as well as interspecies communication between humans and plants. Infante will also discuss her other theatrical project, “Realismo”, where she explores the vital force inherent in material things.
Born in 1980 in Santiago, Chile, Manuela Infante holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chile and a Master of Arts in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. As a director and playwright with Teatro de Chile, she has staged plays such as “Rey Planta” (2006), “Ernesto” (2010) and “Loros Negros” (2011). Infante also directed “Fin” (2008), co-produced and premiered at the festival of Modena, Italy, and “What’s He Building in There?” (2011), created in residency at The Watermill Center. In 2012, she directed “On the Beach”, curated by Robert Wilson and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York; as well as “Don’t Feed the Humans”, premiered in Hebbel am Uffer in Berlin, Germany. Three of her plays have been published in Chile and abroad. Infante also teaches in several theatre departments in universities across Santiago, Chile. She was selected as Artistic Director of the XVI Playwright Selection 2014, organised by Chile’s National Council of Culture and the Arts.