It has been a year since the last blog post. We tried to keep our website updated on regular basis, but it is time now to summarise the last 12 months, especially because we are moving into a new phase of our work. So – what were we doing?
1) Connecting Cities – we had 3 exhibitions and 2 workshops over the summer in 3 different cities (Liverpool, Madrid, Helsinki) with the earlier prototype of the PlanEt and our first art project “Organic Cinema”. During autumn 2014 we focused on gathering our research and distributing it in this very website. We also started to collaborate with the electronic engineer Adrian Godwin to refine PlanEt, so that we could release it as open source without the danger of some serious bugs. We also have been asked to give a talk at “het Nieuwe Instituut” in Rotterdam, during the IMG LAB Festival.
2) PlanEt – we released a prototype on github in January. Since then we have been constantly debugging, refining and taking plant’s readings. It took some time, but now we are in the process of getting some conclusions about what is the best way to acquire as clean as possible signal and also how to take PlanEt forward. You can read them here.
3) The Bartlett School of Architecture – we have started collaborating with Interactive Architecture Faculty in Bartletts School of Architecture, UCL, London. Students Danilo Sampaio and William Victor Camilleri have been testing PlanEt to use it in their final MA project, titled “re:Earth”. It is a certainly very interesting experiment for us to see how PlanEt can be applied in architecture design and how accessible this device is to other people.
4) Talks – we gave a number of talks and lectures about our research up to date, for example during Dorkbot meet up, Creative Data meet up or University of Creative Arts in London
5) New work -
a) drawing away from “Organic Cinema” and refining methods of visualising real time signals from plants we decided to follow the notion that we are facilitators rather than artists, and as such provide a platform for plants to “express themselves”. Recently in our Rotterdam studio we have shot a promo for that new work. We are very excited about it especially because that new work can take both digital and analogue form.
b) we expanded our explorations to other life-forms – not only plants. There are two new projects which we are slowly developing – including microbial life and coral reefs. We have teamed up with few scientists from respective fields and now looking for fundings.
6) Awards – we are very pleased to announce that Kasia Molga as a London based member of World Wilder Lab have received Creativeworks London award to take up a 6 months residency in Chelsea College of Arts, University of Arts London. We are expanding our collaborations and together with lecturers and students from Spatial and Interior Design we will be trying to answer the following question: “PlanEt – Can data from plants help us to increase our city resilience?”. That will include a development of PlanEt’s plug&play version, seamless and user friendly offline and online data aquisition interface, interpretation and manifestation of that data and most importantly its practical application in urban settings. We will be organising a number of symposia and exhibitions in Autumn and Winter 2015/2016 – with more details to follow.