Work by Gilberto Esparza - Plantas Autofotosintéticas (Auto-Photosynthetic plants) received Golden Nica Award in 2015 at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz.
The cohabitation of organic and electronic elements in an artistic installation enables the production of electric energy that sustains the life of this green biotope. This self-sufficient system of plants and microorganisms is capable of surviving human pollution and destruction of nature.
Plantas autofotosintéticas feed mainly on urban waste water. This organism is a symbiotic, self-regulating system that seeks to preserve life. It uses the energy available in the waste water to generate light, photosynthesize and improve water quality. It consists of a set of bio-cells or microbial fuel cells interconnected to form a hydraulic network. Growing inside the cells are colonies of bacteria that live in urban waste water either from rivers or drainage systems that serve as means of disposal.
Video was shot during the "Lighting Guerrilla 2016" festival in Ljubljana (svetlobnagverila.net/eng), with Gilberto Esparza and Diego Liedo Lavaniegos.
Video by Matic Zavodnik
- Mene Takaisin Kylään (Ars Sonor) / CC BY-SA 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
- Sixth Floor by Wolfgrowl (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/)