As part of the second FeLT Workshop Seminar of the year FeLT member María Castellanos will present her work in the presentation Process and Methodology in the working progress project “Other Intelligences. Plant-Human interspecies Dialogues”.
The project is an artistic research that aims to explore the communication between plants remotely in order to try to understand better these living beings which we co-habit in the Earth. In this way, through the use of technology as a tool, they are creating a network of connected plants to the Internet. An analogue net to the mycelia network that takes place in the woods; made up fine threads of fungi called mycelia that grow up below the ground, setting up an organic network that allow to share information and nutrients.
This is a processual work in which a sensor developed by uh513 has been incorporated to the plants, allowing them to measure the electrical activity that takes place into these living beings, that depend on changes in the surrounding of the plant. Additionally, they placed environmental sensors to allow them to monitor the surrounding of the plants in order to compare these measures with the biochemical state of the plant. Also, actuators were placed in the device, as a tool to allow the plants to communicate with each other by sending lights or movements to another part of the world.
During the seminar, all the work behind the scenes will be shown; how the plants start to send signals to each other, what tools have been developed to achieve that, and all the data that is being recorded with the aim of analyzing it afterwards with AI tools.
Also, the work in progress of the parallel installation that is being developed, as a new layer of the research, will be shown during the presentation. An artistic installation that will be shown in a poetical way of the communication between plants.