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"Plandscapes" - an fragment of the A/V performance


Collective World Wilder Lab (WWL) considers plants as autonomous (albeit organised) beings, in their own creative way to solve problems that life presents. “Plandscapes” is about giving prominence to a plant as a creative force behind the artworks. Every so often WWL selects a plant based on its qualities and way of interacting with its environment (i.e. sensitivity to salt in soil, or heavy metals in air).

This plant then is hooked up with "PlanEt" device (a device designed by WWL for aquiring biodata from inside plants) and stream the signals from inside a plant through the number of bespoke algorithms. Those signals – that is plants reactions to environment and thus its decisions how to deal/adapt to it – are the basis for a drawing – a generative art. What is in the drawing is thus dictated by a plant – the main artist in this installation, together with its decision what shall be printed and exhibited and what shall be disregarded.

Each single drawing is unique and printed as only 1 copy. Different plants might display different properties and so the question here is whether different plants can own different artists' identities and styles. This project was launched with the exhibition in Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, where Fatsia Japonica was a main creator.


Plant: Fatsia Japonica


September 2015
Wits Art Museum
Fakugesi, Johannesburg, ZA

November 2015
Digital Weekender
Watermans Centre
London, UK

May until September, 2019
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL