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Video installation + plants connected to sensors and visualization in real time. Earthbound – In Dialogue with Nature. Esch2022. Luxemburg. 2022

The artwork is a video installation that allows the audience to visualize and compare the reactions of humans and plants to a common stimulus; live music. Erasing boundaries into the communication and understanding between both living beings and by highlighting  the immediate reactions of plants to their surrounding changes.

The installation is the result of several sessions where the brain activity of humans was measured, through the EEG registered wave,  and measuring  the electrical oscillations that are happening into the plants, measured with a sensor developed by the artists, able to detect immediate changes in plants.

Through the use of mathematics,  by using the Fast Fourier Transform, humans data and plants data are able to compare each other. This data can also be displayed graphically thanks to an algorithm developed by the artists that allow the audience to see the data through the shape of little spheres that are moving within the geometric shape of torus. Each little sphere represent each data registered. The graphic representation of  human data and plant data can be seen simultaneously in a video allowing the audience to find patterns by comparing the both living beings reactions to the live music.

The video below is part of the videointallation. It has been adapted to a single screen. The whole work duration is 30 minutes.


Exhibited at:
Earthbound – In Dialogue with Nature. House of Electronic Arts. Basel. Switzerland. 2022. Curated by Sabine Himmelsbach & Boris Magrini
XXI Festival Internacional de la Imagen Bogotá Colombia. 2022
Meta.Morf 2022. Trondheim International Biennale for Art and Technology. Norway 2022. Curated by Zane Cerpina
Earthbound – In Dialogue with Nature. Esch2022. Luxemburg. Curated by Sabine Himmelsbach & Boris Magrini
Beyond Human Perception. New European Bauhaus Festival, at KBR Museum. Brussels. Belgium. 2022
Sustainability. Augustenborg Art Project. Dinamarca. 2022
[Hiperobjetos (o seres en temblor)]. Can Felipa. Barcelona.2022 Curated by Patricia Marqués
When the butterflies of the soul flutter their wings. LABoral. Gijón. 2020. Curated by Karin Ohlenschläger
Touch me Festival 2020. HALA V Tehničkog Muzeja Nikola Tesla. Organized by Kontejner. Zagreb. Croatia
Creatures in a Series of Tubes.Onassis Stegi. Athens. Greece
Renconrtes Internationales Mondes Multiples. Antre Peaux. Bourges. France [online]
EMAP Journeys. Ars Electronica 2020 [online]

The work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms EMARE program at KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

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María Castellanos

María Castellanos is an artist and researcher . Her artistic practice focuses primarily on the research about human sensory boundaries and the creation of complex systems that promote the communication and the understanding between humans and non human beings. Currently she is postdoctoral researcher at Oslo Metropolitan University, in the framework of FeLT –Futures of Living Technologies–

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