Prior to exhibition of “Organic Cinema” we were asked to run a two days workshop with FACT’s Liverpool “Young People” community. The task: to help us produce 4 devices which we could then use for our exhibition, collect the data together and then try to interpret it and find a visual representation of it. We introduced everybody to the concept of real time data, action and variation potential, open source, Arduino and scientific research methods. 18 super curious high school and college students used breadboards to make devices and enthusiastically embraced the idea of experimenting with plants in the most creative and somewhat surprising for us ways.
We ended up with 4 groups who were shaking plants, tearing leaves, watering is a way which would resemble rain and even burning a stem a bit while noting time, environmental conditions and creating Magic Plot graphs.
Participants also engaged into proposing ideas for our “Plants’ Vocabulary” – making sketches, creating visual symbols or using sound to express various reactions of plants, based on their experiments.