When considering how an oribotic flower might communicate, the most natural way seemed to be through light. Light causes all flowers to open, hence light is the most natural form of interaction for a flower. The oribots also need to gather nutrients from the world. A network of weather data has been created for them to listen to. The network ‘speaks’ with the light from a data projector, giving the oribots details of the weather in remote cities. The oribots respond with movement, and their environment responds with sound.
The weather data is gathered from an online weather service. The cities were selected for their links to significant origami or robotic activity. Interaction with this weather data system is enabled via a mobile phone text message. A simple message is interpreted by the system, linking a selected city to an oribot of choice. This transaction becomes the link between the viewer and the work. As a contemporary form of communication it encourages remote intimacy, and electronic immediacy.
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