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Cosmo Niklas Schüppel




Awareness and Movement and the Phonetic Garden

The state of the reaserch as of June 1st



As a participatory sound installation the piece aims to create a space for inter special communication between humans and plants - a space to become aware of your effect on the world around and a space to mindfully experience your movement.

Awareness and Movement in a Phonetic Garden, a movement-meditation-interface of the Technocene opens questions of humankind’s relation with the world around them. In the human centred thinking of the Anthropocene it is often overlooked that our behaviour has an effect on our surrounding - as blatantly obvious as it is. This lack of awareness about the consequences of our action is affecting all living beings, in nature and in our society, in negative ways. It is time to overcome this lack of empathy to move into a new future.

The installation consists of a dimly lit space, with plants spread around. Every plant is connected to a self build device which measures changes in electric fields (EFs). EFs always surround us and are omni present. From my research and my experiments arose the observation that human movement can be detected through changes in EFs. Taking into account that plants and fungi communicate with electric signals, it can be assumed that plants can sense their surroundings through these changes in the electric fields. This thesis is, of course, still highly speculative and needs further experimentation. Consequently, the work does not aim to show these experimental observations. Instead, it tries to use the current state of this research to create a feedback loop, a mutual influence, a form of communication between human and plant. A communication, a connection which is supposed to result in a higher sensitivity in experiencing our surroundings. The work tries to make it possible, that we humans can experience our impact on the world around us, imminent and translated into a language that we can understand: Sound.

The sonification is accomplished as follows: The electric fields are measured with a self-build devise using an Arduino mini-computer. The EF data, measured in a relative manner in bits, is transcribed into sonic frequencies. (0-1023 bit = 100-3000Hz). There are two options for the sonification of the EF data. The frequencies transcribed from the electric field data, will either be altered digitally or in an analog way. Using either a software to change the sound or self build corpuses and resonance bodies. The experimentations to find the best solution are still a work in progress.





References


Plants sensing human presents

File:1597645969Recognizing Individuals and Their Emotions Using Plants as Bio-Sensors through Electro-static Discharge.pdf

Plants sensing electric fields

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160708082037.htm

Electric Signals in Plants

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2017.02173/full

File:Davies_2006_bookchapter-2.pdf


Using Trees to send Radio Frequencies

https://we-make-money-not-art.com/tree_antenna/

File:tap.1975.1141017.pdf


EMF Detection on Arduino

https://www.instructables.com/Arduino-EMF-Detector/





History


The state of the reaserch as of May 5th


The state of the reaserch as of April 28th