Christoph De Boeck will experiment in 2011-2012 in the Verbeke Foundation with plants using a network to exchange information. The conditions and natural environment of the plants are copied and applied to a different and artificial environment. In time, a plants-network will take shape, in which plants can control or manipulate each other. The first experiment will be shown starting May 1st., in the group exhibition Gingko Sempervirens.
The Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitan’ reed plant is on display in a glass box in an exhibition room. Small servo motors attached to the plant make the stems move. These motors are networked with a reed plant by the pond on the Verbeke Foundation domain. A sensor measures the inclination of the stem caused by the wind. The free movements of the outdoor plant are captured and transmitted as instructions for the domesticated plant indoors.
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