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festival proposal (detailed description): The IndaPlant Project, An Act of Trans-Species Giving

 transmediale 
festival for art and digital culture 2014: proposal for lecture, pannel presentation or a video installation

 The IndaPlant Project, An Act of Trans-Species Giving

 Professor Elizabeth Demaray, Department of Fine Art Rutgers University, Camden and Dr. Qingze Zou, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgars University, New Brunswick

The IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving is designed to facilitate the free movement and metabolic function of ordinary houseplants. Now in the first year of a two-year production cycle, this initiative is dedicated to creating a community of light-sensing robotic vehicles, each of which is able to respond to the needs of a potted plant by moving it around in three-dimensional space in search of sunlight and water.

The initial IndaPlant unit currently carries out basic sun- and water-seeking functions and is wired through an Arduino board. It is chargeable via solar power and can perform motion planning to independently avoid obstacles during movement.

IndaPlant is a collaboration among the departments of Fine Art, Ecology & Evolution, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University. It was initially conceived by the artist Elizabeth Demaray to be an installation in a domestic environment, in which a community of robotically controlled houseplants could share information with one another or, conversely, compete for resources. Demaray states, “My primary interest in creating this piece lies in the poetic implications of turning an immobile houseplant—which is completely dependent upon human largesse and care—into a free agent which, depending upon either programming or emergent properties, could become a potentially cooperative or competitive entity.”

The emergent properties of a company of autonomous, light-seeking houseplants will be fascinating to both observe and program. Of particular interest to the IndaPlant work group is the possibility of creating a self-governing population of data sharers. In this scenario, the environmental data collected by one IndaPlant could be communicated between members of the community and be used for group decision making purposes.

This application to transmediale
festival for art and digital culture
 is to present

The IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving in a lecture format, pannel presentation or as a video installation in a gallery space. If this project is exhibited as an installation, we would like to install a live web cam feed of the IndaPlants migrating around the Engineering Department at Rutgers University in search of sunlight and water.

 

 

 

 

 

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IndaPlant/FaunaBorg debut at CAMAC (French project translation)

The IndaPlant Project had its art debut at CAMAC [art.science.technologie]  Marnay-sur-Seine last night. All my thanks to Laetitia Brion and Carolina Cruz for the French translation work on the wall didactics. And special thanks to Jean Yves, Director of CAMAC for the exhibition space. Below is the French project statement.

CAMAC Center D'Art Marney, Art, Science, Technology, 2013

CAMAC Center D’Art Marnay, Art, Science, Technology, 2013

IndaPlant: Un dispositif qui permet aux plantes de se déplacer pour trouver de la lumière et de l’eau.

Beaucoup de gens ont des plantes d’intérieur chez eux. Le problème est que les plantes

d’intérieures nécessitent un arrosage régulier et ont besoin d’être dans un endroit où elles reçoivent de la lumière.

Surnommé IndaPlant, l’appareil réalisé par le professeur Elizabeth Demaray et le Dr Qingze Zou est à l’écoute des besoins de la plante et recherche de la lumière et de l’eau si celle-ci en a besoin.

Á l’aide d’une carte Arduino et de certains capteurs, ce dispositif est non seulement capable de trouver de la lumière et de l’eau mais aussi de déplacer la plante vers cette zone.

Il est également capable de communiquer avec les autres IndaPlants. Ainsi, si une plante a découvert de l’eau ou de la lumière, le dispositif alerte les autres Indaplants et tous viendront éponger la « soif » d’eau et la « faim » de lumière des plantes.

The IndaPlant FaunaBorg, from the IndaPlant Project, An Act of Trans-Species Giving, 2013

The IndaPlant FaunaBorg, from the IndaPlant Project, An Act of Trans-Species Giving, 2013

En plus de permettre à la plante de s’alimenter, IndaPlant peut aussi recharger sa batterie par le biais de capteurs solaires. IndaPlant a également six capteurs qui lui évitent de heurter des objets dans la maison.

La chose la plus surprenante est qu’il est en mesure de connaître exactement le type de nutriments dont a besoin la plante et en quelle quantité car la carte Arduino est programmée pour connaître les habitudes alimentaires de la plante transportée.

Cette plateforme robotique sera présentée lors du Symposium International des arts électroniques (ISEA) qui aura lieu à Sydney, en Australie, du 7 au 16 juin 2013.

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The Songs We Sing Amsterdam at the Lloyd

The Songs We Sing Amsterdam is a site-specific installation that may be experienced in the vicinity of the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy from May 27th till June 7th.

Part of multi-city project I am currently doing in Europe titled The Songs Cycle, this project considers the concept of a biotope – small environments shared by humans and other species. According to The naturalist E.O. Wilson, half of the species currently living on Earth will become extinct in the next 100 years. In this new world, we may have to create fictive environments in order to experience a sense of calm and beauty – especially in an urban context.

The Songs We Sing is about connecting our ecological moment with our cognitive/behavioral functions. It ponders the lack of human companion species in a postindustrial Western landscape, and offers a possible solution.

The Songs We Sing--one installation site at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

The Songs We Sing–one installation site at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Comprised of eighteen randomly sampled audio tracts, this installation features bird calls collected from human volunteers between May 5th and May 7th at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy. The Songs We Sing attempts to improve the current lack of animal centric sounds in our auditory experience of the natural.

Special thanks to the project participants below:
Hugo Bastidas_Fischreiher,
Andrew Cramer_Oehoe, Theadore Dean_Seidenreiher, Elizabeth Demaray_Rohrdommel, Dylan Koomen_Mallard, Nanny Roed Lauridsen_ Grutto, Abdel Patrijs_Grebe, Ellen Rikkink_Pheasant, Brenda Saunders_Heron Crabier, Eva Schepens_Egrit, Renate Schepen_Roodborstje, Suki Verwiel_Porseleinhoen

For more information on The Songs We Sing and other projects at the Lloyd please see: http://www.lloydhotel.com/en/about-us/cultural-embassy

 

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IndaPlant Project: FaunaBorg Test Run (in many languages)

Hi Everybody,

Our first IndaPlant, a robotic support that allows houseplants to freely seek sunlight and water, is up and running. The work debuted this week at the Secret Life of Plants Symposium at Princeton University and will shown at the 2013 International Symposium on Electronic Art in three weeks. If you are in Sydney, please join us! http://www.isea2013.org.

This is the first FaunaBorg test run! This still was taken form a video of the project that can be found at: https://vimeo.com/65444659

This is the first FaunaBorg test run! This still was taken form a video of the project that can be found at: https://vimeo.com/65444659

In advance of the opening at ISEA, I posted a rough video short of the project titled IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving, on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/65444659 last week. The video describes the making of the first IndaPlant, shows the initial faunaborg test run and describes the multiple stages of the project.

Once the video was posted, Christopher Mims wrote a lovely article about the project on Quartz http://qz.com/82541/robotic-exoskeleton-turns-houseplants-into-drones/. That story was apparently picked up by the Daily Mail in the UK which ran it as their lead science and technology story (with a great picture of a wilted potted plant) on Monday, May 13th, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2321914/Plant-bot-worlds-robot-turns-household-plants-light-seeking-drones.html.

Just now, as I was about to write this post, I did a fast Google search on the project and first found, on French YouTube, part of the video with no voice over and some sort of ominous dance music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A9g_k7KAkc. It had two hundred hits (!) If any of you know French–please let me know what the write up says.

I then proceeded to find on Google five pages of posts/articles and blogs about the project in many languages. So, if any of you can read any of these posts, let me know what you think. Cheers, Professor Demaray

In Spanish: http://mrcitech.blogspot.fr/2013/05/robot-indaplant-mantiene-plantas-cerca.html

http://es.gizmodo.com/indaplant-el-vehiculo-autonomo-arduino-para-ficus-con-500417824 

http://www.chw.net/2013/05/conoce-a-indaplant-el-dispositivo-que-convierte-las-plantas-en-robots/

http://www.pcdemano.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article

 http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/CienciayTecnologia/09052013/701422-Mantiene-robot-a-plantas-cerca-de-luz-solar.aspx 

http://www.robotikka.com/13920/robot-mantiene-plantas-cerca-de-la-luz-del-sol/

In French: http://fr.500gadgets.com/page/meet-indaplant-device-that-turns-plants-into-robots.html

In English: http://nexttruth.com/?p=9526

http://www.extremetech.com/author/jplafke

http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/exoskeleton-helps-plant-find-sun-and-water-130514.htm 

Chinese/English: http://biweekly.isvoc.com/category/indaplant

http://tech.sina.com.cn/d/2013-05-15/10098341846.shtml

http://post.discovery.tom.com/s/060009316086.html

http://firefox.huanqiu.com/tech/discovery/2013-05/3937696.html

http://scitech.people.com.cn/BIG5/n/2013/0516/c1007-21504013.html

http://www.cunbox.com/news/kj/kxts/2013/0516/49324.html

http://news.cnyes.com/Content/20130515/KH7W0XEN9NY5A.shtml?c=headline_sitehead

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Songs We Sing Berlin

Hi Everybody,
Please come and see the Songs We Sing Berlin Project during the spring exhibition cycle at DADAPost.  http://www.dadapost.com/index.php?/contact/where-to-find-us/

Scientists currently believe that we will witness the largest, most rapid, species die-off in the history of the world—in our lifetime. The Songs we Sing Berlin considers the ways that we humans may comfort ourselves and our companion species that may survive. Below is information on the project in both English and German.

 

Eine Umgebungsinstallation der amerikanischen Künstlerin Elizabeth Demaray in der DADA Post Berlin – Frühling 2013.

The Songs We Sing installation in the courtyard at DADAPost. The orange stand with shingled roof carries the project didactic and houses the audio equipment.

The Songs We Sing installation in the courtyard at DADAPost. The orange stand with shingled roof carries the project didactic and houses the audio equipment.

„The Songs We Sing Berlin“ ist eine partizipative Audioinstallation der amerikanischen Konzeptkünstlerin Elizabeth Demaray und betrachtet das Konzept eines Biotops – eine kleine Umgebung, die von Menschen und anderen Spezies geteilt wird. Dieses Projekt befasst sich mit den fehlenden menschenbegleitenden Spezies in einem postindustriellen Landschaftsmotiv und schlägt eine mögliche Lösung dafür vor.

 

The Songs we Sing Berlin, a participatory audio installation by the conceptual American artist Elizabeth Demaray, considers the concept of a biotope, small environments shared by humans and other species. This project ponders the lack of human companion species in a postindustrial Western landscape, and offers a possible solution.

 

Basierend auf der Installation „The Songs We Sing“ im L.C. Bates Naturkundemuseum in Waterville, Maine, 1998, versucht „The Songs We Sing Berlin“ die Menge der Naturgeräusche, die wir heutzutage immer weniger akustisch wahrnehmen, zu erhöhen. Der Geräuschzyklus ist eine 20-minütige Aufnahme von zusammengefügten Amateur-Vogelstimmen, die von Besuchern der DADA Post Berlin gesammelt wurden. Die Collage der von Menschen generierten Geräusche wird in einer Schleife im DADA Post Hof während der Tageslichtzeiten zusammen mit dem Frühlingsausstellungszyklus gespielt.

 

Based on The Songs we Sing installation at the L.C. Bates Museum of Natural History in Waterville ME, 1998, The Songs we Sing Berlin attempts to ameliorate the current lack of animal centric sounds in our auditory experience of the natural world. The Songs cycle is a 20-minute compiled recording of armature birdcalls, collected from visitors to DADA Post, Berlin. This collage of human generated sound will be played on a loop, during daylight hours, in the DADA Post courtyard concurrent with the Spring exhibition cycle.

 

Kommen Sie und hören Sie sich die Auswahl der Geräusche an, die Menschen produzieren können und erleben Sie den beruhigenden „Song“ einer von Menschen interpretierten Naturwelt. Weitere Informationen über dieses Projekt finden Sie auf www.elizabethdemaray.com

 

Please come and listen to the range of sounds humans can produce and experience for yourself the calming song of a, mediated, natural world. More information on this project can be found at www.elizabethdemaray.com

Vogelzang der Deutschen Vögel (vocalizing the birds of Germany)

Theadore Dean_Seidenreiher

Anna Becker_Kuhreiher

Hugo Bastidas_Fischreiher

Nora Schwarzhalstaucher_ Gaydukova

Sophie Martin_Nachtreiher

LauraRosalba_Rothalstaucher

Lisa Muller_Rallenreiher

Raj Kahlon_Fason

Dada Post
Nordbahnstrasse 10, 13409 Berlin
www.dadapost.com

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IndaPlant Project

IndaPlant Project, an Act of Trans Species Giving by Professor Elizabeth Demaray, Department of Fine Art, Rutgers, Camden and Dr. Qingze Zou, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgars University, New Brunswick

The IndaPlant Project is an act of tran-species giving in which robotic platforms are engineered to support the free movement and metabolic function of ordinary houseplants. Now in the first year of a two-year production cycle, this initiative is dedicated to creating a community of light-sensing robotic vehicles, in which each vehicle is able to individually respond to the needs of a potted-plant by moving it around, in three dimensional-space, in search of sunlight and water.

Dr. Qingze Zou at left with the hard working IndaPlant team in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers New Brunswick.

The initial IndaPlant unit currently performs basic sun-seeking, water-seeking, functions and is wired through an Arduino board. In addition to seeking light, this platform is chargeable via solar-power and performs basic motion planning so that it can indipendently avoid obstacles during movement.

IndaPlant is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Fine Art, Ecology & Evolution and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University. Initially conceived by the artist Elizabeth Demaray as an installation in a domestic environment, where a community of robotically supported houseplants could share information with one another or, conversely, compete for resources. Demaray states “my primary interest in creating this piece lies in the poetic implications of turning an immobile houseplant–which is completely dependent upon human largess and care–into a free agent which, depending upon either programming or emergent properties, could become a potentially cooperative or competitive entity.”

The emergent properties of a company of autonomous, light-seeking, potted-plants will be fascinating to both observe and program. Of particularly interest to the IndaPlant work group is the possibility of creating self-governing population of data sharers. In this scenario, the environmental data collected by one IndaPlant could be communicated between members of the population and used by the greater community for group decision-making purposes.

IndaPlant test run, March 2013, Department of Engineering, Rutgers University

IndaPlant test run, March 2013, Department of Engineering, Rutgers University

The IndaPlant group is delighted to report that the project will be exhibited as part of  ISEA 2013 (the International Symposium on Electronic Art) conference in Sydney Australia, June 7th through the 16th, as part of the panel titled life, but not as we know it. http://www.isea2013.org/isea2013

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