Documentation of an installation at CalArts, October 24-28, 2012.
The Sensitive Screen is an installation that aims to reconfigure our relationship with technology and time. Combining the touch-reactive plant Mimosa Pudica and motors, the installation functions as an extrememly slow-moving, living screen. When the motors brush certain areas of the plants, the plants collapse inwards, functioning as “off pixels” in relation to the “on pixels” of the open plants.
The pace of the screen is constrained by the biology of the Mimosa Pudica itself, which takes around ten minutes to fully reopen after closing. The screen, therefore, operates at the (hilariously and intentionally) slow pace of 6 frames per hour. In its initial installation, The Sensitive Screen displayed a text, one letter per frame. In order to read the whole text, a viewer would have to remain in the space for eight hours.