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Sensor

the most simple self-made sensor

Student works

Nicolas Krewer, Self Pleasure

https://www.uni-weimar.de/kunst-und-gestaltung/wiki/GMU:Being_a_Unicellular_Organism/Nicolas_Krewer

This work questions the feelings of organisms such as Physarum Polycephalum and how it perceives stimulation or even pleasure. Although it is stimulating itself, it does not know it does so and did not even give consent. It is a very speculative and philosophical perspective on the world of organisms that have no brain or what we describe as consciousness.

Other artworks

Miya Masaoka, Pieces for Plants

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AHOEcAprc8

Masaoka uses electronic interfaces attached to the plants to generate sound (as well as text, appearing in a video performance). While changing her body position in relation to the plants (approaching, touching, retreating), Masaoka changes the physical properties of the space, which, in turn, affects the plants. Plants sense the changing environment and further transport the captured changes in the form of electrical signals to the electrodes attached to them. The electrical signals captured are then translated into digital signals and transferred into the computer for further manipulation.

Martin Howse, Radio Mycelium

http://libarynth.org/parn/radio_mycelium

Howse examines connectivity and interaction between the physical properties of the environment and mycelium networks from a scientific, cultural and technical perspectives. "The Radio Mycelium workshop aims to actively examine the cross-spore-germination between two parallel wide area networks; between radio-based communication technologies and the single organism network of the mycelium." (Martin Howse)

Laura Popplow, Fungutopia

http://www.fungutopia.org/

As a very complex project, Fungutopia becomes a platform to discuss a variety of topics related to fungi. Along with the reference topics covered by Paul Stamets, Fungutopia is also about cooking, DIY electronics, open-source initiatives, sustainability, social practices and, of course, contemporary aesthetics.

Mindaugas Gapševičius, You and I, You and Me

http://triple-double-u.com/you-and-i-you-and-me/

The project You and I, You and Me explores the possibilities of communication through electricity. The project proposes that electricity could help to reveal the imperceptible connections between different actors within the environment. How far could electricity help in understanding the other? Is there a possibility to alter human senses by electric impulses?