This interactive installation is a small garden composed of living musical plants, which react individually to human gestures and to gentle contact by producing a specific sound.

 

Each plant in this interactive installation reacts in a different way to human contact or warmth by producing a specific sound. The plant «language» or song occurs through touch and the close proximity of the spectator. The invisible electrical aura of humans acts on the plant branches and encourages them to react. The plants sing when the audience is touching or stroking them lightly. A plant concert is created.

In their artwork, the artists Scenocosme create hybrids between plants and digital technology. Plants are natural sensors and are sensitive to various energy flows. Digital technologies permit us to establish a relationship between plants and sound. This work displays the effects of random data flow and plant interaction. The data is modified as the spectator meanders around and touches the installation, resulting in a random musical universe. The audience's gestures and movements generate sound effects and change the texture of the sound.

The human body continually produces an electrical and heat aura in our immediate vicinity, which we cannot feel. In their research, the «design of the invisible», the artists' approach is to animate that which we cannot detect. Mixing reality with imagination, they propose a sensory experience that encourage the audience to think about our relationship with other living things and with energy. Indoor plants can have an ambiguous existence, on the one hand as decorative object and on the other hand as living being. It is said that «inanimate objects» can react when they receive human attention. Through Akousmaflore, plants let us know about their existence by a scream, a melody or an acoustical vibration.

The sounds created by the interaction between the ten plants in the installation and the audience are processed on a (hidden) computer and displayed by 5.1 surround sound speakers that are located above the plants.

 

Biography

Gregory Lasserre and Anais met den Ancxt are two artists who work together as a duo with the name Scenocosme. They use interactive art, music and architecture. With multiple forms of expression, they invite spectators to be in the centre of musical or choreographic collective performances. Gregory and Anais also explore invisible relationships with our environment: They can feel energetic variations of living beings, and they design interactive stagings where spectators share sensory and amazing experiences.

The artists have exhibited their interactive installation artworks at ZKM (Germany), Villa Romana of Firenze (Italy), Museum Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada) and in many international biennals and festivals : BIACS3 - Biennale of contemporary art in Sevilla (Spain), INDAF (Korea), Experimenta (Australia), C.O.D.E (Canada), ISEA (Belfast), Futuresonic (UK), WRO (Poland), FAD (Brasil), Citysonics (Belgium), Ososphere, EXIT, VIA, Scopitone, Seconde-nature (France),  in various art centers : Kibla (Slovenia), Utsikten Kunstsenter (Norway), Centre des arts d'Enghien-les-Bains (France), and many more.

 

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