Intersections
Interactive installation
Date: 2000


A collaboration with David Robert, Miho Aoki and the students of Interactive Project classes 1 & 2.

From the Artists statement for Intersections: The Lost language of Plants.

Studies have been conducted where plants have responded to human touch, the human voice and even human thoughts. The more technologically advanced our culture becomes the more removed we seem from the natural environment. Plants interact with humans and other species but their language cannot be 'heard' by humans.

Quantum Physics suggests that every deed has a metaphysical, electrical response and that we are all living in the miasma of electrical energy produced by thoughts and actions. We are trying to resurrect the reaction of plants by tapping into them directly and recording their electrical impulses. Feeding these impulses back into our system or environment will link the audience with the concept that every living thing has a soul or vital being which must be protected. Saving species of plants is tantamount to saving ourselves.

To resurrect their language we will direct the current of a plant through a midi system utilizing Max and Director X-tra software. The signal from the plant will be amplified and used to control and manipulate images and sounds.
Other elements will include touch sensors controlling the position and movement of text on a large projection and animated L-Systems.

In this piece we are trying to address our relationship with both technology and nature. Language , the first technology caused the first break in our relationship to nature. The very act of naming plants caused a schism that has grown greater with all proceeding technologies.

Through the act of directly linking in to the currents of nature and to some extent relinquishing control to these currents we hope to open up a dialogue about this relationship. In doing so we can perhaps begin to use technology to mend the rift, to recover the lost language of plants, and possibly save ourselves in the process.