Artists Lab 17/18

Recommended Links

Different Ted Talks
Vierte Natur
Vierte Natur
Lore Kutschera
Guy Debord
Bordedom Research

Additional Links

Dérive
Self-Organization in Biology
Wurzelatlas
The Social life of Plants

Amongst the Trees

Being lost in my inspiration for the project I decided to go and spent some time with the topic of my interest; trees. In this first observation I realised that I was trying very hard to understand them. To identify their different personalities, to understand how they reacted on the environment and to make clear if they were passive or active beings. None of these questions I found an answer to. If only they could send us some more messages/information than this..


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Sensing the Plants

The more I give it some thoughts, the more I realise I want to do something with the inner systems/structures/mechanisms, the flows within the plants. As a first test I took my stereo cables to see what the effect would be.

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Other experiments: youtube examples

Growing Plants

Growing seeds of Cat Grass under different conditions.
Hate / Love
Telling for a week at least 4 times a day to one seed group that you love them, and the other that you hate them. In the end the one that got more love seemed to have performed better
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no Music / Music
During the time span of a week one group of seeds was constantly listening to the album 'Plantasia - Music or plants and the people who love them'. The other group of seeds didn't hear anything. In the end it seemed that 'Plantasia' is only aimed at the people who love plants, because the plants itself did perform worse than the reference group
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Drawing Plant Growth

Having done the previous experiments resulted in me wanting to understand the movements the plants make with their roots. They look so funny and clumsy how they use them to stretch the seeds out into the light. So I made some observation drawings. DifferentSeedShapes.jpg

And then I followed one seed from the moment it started to germinate SinglePLantGrowth.jpg
More and more I start to question myself what the relationship is between humans and the plants. how can I justify myself portraying human characteristics on them? And Why do people feel more empathie for things that move than for static things (animal vs. plants but also moving plants like the Mimosa vs. non moving ones). when does this feeling of empathie arrises?