Living Interfaces

Interactive Plant Growing (1993) Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer

This piece was created to make a link between the physical real world of Biology and living plants to the digital world. As the plants are touched it causes a difference in the electrical potentials of the plants, picked up by a computer that difference was coded to cause the digital plants to grow at different speeds.

The natural interface mixing with the digital is what makes this work stand out. The combination of a living environment to electronics creates a completely different meaning. The ability to combine actual life with the digital world has created ethical ramifications as a result of bio-engineering. This piece in particular avoids that harm, but reveals the similar feeling of an unnatural thing in a living world.

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Living Interfaces

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