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The Plants Sense

The Plants Sense is an installation that allows the audience to know and experience the secret language of plants. It is a transdisciplinary work which connects art, science, technology and society.

The work consists of an interactive garden in which different sensors measure the electrical oscillations of the connected plants, and show their biochemical reactions to the human presence and the environment that surrounds them. All this information is processed and translated into vibrations and low frequency sounds that allow the visitor to perceive the plants through a wearable. Likewise, different interfaces in the garden provide the public to experiment and feel in their own hands the registered reactions of the plants, through different electronic devices.

This interaction makes possible the communication between humans and plants, thus reaching the understanding of the vegetal language, unattainable without the help of the robotic systems developed by the artist.

This device translates and transmits precisely those signals that humans, due to our limited perceptual system, cannot receive in other way.

Exhibited at:
Mutations. Première Vision. Paris. France. 2020. Curated by Anne-Sophie Berard
Women and innovation in Media Art. Teatro Colón. A Coruña. Spain. 2019
STARTS. ICT 2018: Imagine Digital - Connect Europe. Viena. Austria. 2018
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. Gijón. Asturias. 2018
Work designed by María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde, with the support of the VERTIGO project as part of the STARTS program of the European Commission, based on technological elements from the Flora Robotica, with the support of LABoral Centro de Arte.

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María Castellanos

María Castellanos has a degree and a doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, Spain.
In her work, she investigates the body, specifically the perception and sensory deficiencies of human beings. She focuses on the hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm for the expansion of human sensory capabilities.

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