Sculpture with video (1'30") and sound (4'25")
“Adaptation”, CRCLR, Berlin (DE), 2017
Dimensions: h.240 x w.220 x d.220 cm
Materials: oxidised steel, polyethylene, galvanised steel wire rope, PVC tubes, acrylic, floodlights, distilled water, full range speakers, water pump, computer fans, arduino & raspberry pi
With support from AGILE and Libelium
A reactive sculpture that grows flowers digitally. Using a variety of sensors from ‘Smart Cities’ technologies, it adapts itself to its environment in real time, blooming with self-generated flora. The installation is comprised of analogue and digital sensors that behave like biological instruments to translate chemical or mechanical stimuli such as light, temperature, gas concentration, and humidity into electrical resistors and voltage signal: each element of the structure compensating or reducing in activity according to sensory input to create a balanced microclimate that would best suit flower growth.
The work developed through research on current trends for environmental programmability and computational environments, the ways in which computers are conceived to resemble plants and plants to resemble computers, seeking through natural and digital interfaces to show the consistent hybridity of these elements. It explores how environments become programmable and are made to be operational through sensor technology in domestic, public, and industrial settings.