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María Castellanos: Other intelligences

Methodology and process in remotely communication between plants

Velkommen til utstillingsapning 18. November kl 19:00-21.00

Utstillingen er også åpen 19, 20, 24, 25, 26. og 27. November Kl 13:00 – 17:00
Galleri 69, Grünerløkka Lufthavn Toftes gate 69

Other intelligences is an artistic research that aims to explore the communication between plants remotely. Through this project we seek to know more about the plantslanguage and behavior and try to understand a better these living beings with we co-habit in the Earth.

This is a processual work in which we have created a neuronal plant network connected to the Internet, composed of plants located in different places around the world. At the same time, each of this living beings is being monitored through the recording of electrophysiology data and environmental data of their surrounding; thanks to environmental sensors that allow us to measure and link the changes in the surrounding of the plant with their behavior.

Several scientific studies have demonstrated that plants have chemical processes that have similar features with the process that take place in the nervous system of animals, thus plants have capacities like memory and therefore they can learn about their environment. Based on plant intelligence and their capacity of learn we created or neuronal plant network. We designed an algorithm makes possible the remotely communication between plants through the training and learning to different stimuli.

In this way we investigate, about the recognition of patterns by the plant, which allows it to identify with which plant of the network they are communicating and thus allow two way dialogue. To do that we have provided each of the plants with tools that allows them sending and receiving signals of light, sound and movement.

Through the use of technology as a tool, we have created a network of plants connected to the Internet. A network analogous to the network of roots and mycelia of fungi that take place in the forest that the Professor of Forest Ecology Suzanne Simard began to study almost three decades ago. This woodsnetwork allows trees and plants to communicate with each other by sharing information and nutrients. In Other Intelligences, our network, is made up of data, algorithms and actuators, and it allows us to investigate alternative relationships with nature and technology through the use of artistic methodologies.

All species on earth are linked by symbiotic and interdependent relationships; the project proposes an innovative point of view on the transformation processes that are shaping the collaboration between species, ecosystems and technologies. To know more about the language and behavior of plants will allow us to learn more about nature and thus better understand our environment

At Galleri 69:

A monstera connected to the neural network of plants will be at the gallery, together with a screen that will allow the public to follow the live communication with other plants connected to the network in different parts of the world.

Through different screens the process of the project will be explained. In addition sketches, graphs and diagrams that are part of the investigation will be shown as part of the proceessual work.

Last but not least the images resulting from the intra-plant dialogues will be shown to the public for the first time formalized like a photo.


Developed in the framework of FeLT Project, as part of my postdoc at OsloMet

Work produced with the support of a 2020 Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators, BBVA Foundation.

María Castellanos is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of art, science, technology and society. She is currently  working as a postdoc researcher at Oslo Metropolitan University, in the framework of FeLT Project Futures of Living Technologies

She holds a Bachelors degree and a Doctorate in Contemporary Arts Practices from the University of Vigo (ES), with an Extraordinary Phd Award 2016.  Her dissertation entitled The bionic skin. Technological Membranes as Body Interfaces in Artistic Practicefocuses on technological prosthesis, more specifically in hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm of extending human sensorial capabilities.

Her artistic practice focuses primarily on the research about human sensory boundaries and the creation of complex systems that promote the communication and the understanding between humans and non human beings.

Her work was exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), LABoral Art Centre (ES) , Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Onassis Stegi (GR), House of electronic Arts Basel(CH), La Gâite Lyrique Museum (FR), DRIVE Volskwagen (DE), Matadero Madrid (ES), Bozar Electronic Art Festival (BE), Arts Santa Mónica (ES), Touch me Festival (CH) MUSAC (SP), CEBIT. Europe’s Festival for Innovation and Digitization (DE), V2_Lab (NL), Pompidou-Metz (FR), Antre Peaux (FR), Trondheim International Biennale for Art and Technology (NO), RIXC Festival (LV).



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