LookingOutwards-08

I looked at Jen’s post on sound – Looking Outwards 04. In her post she described Quartet, a sound environment first installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012 (see video below). In this project the plants are outfitted with sensors that (explained in a very reductive way here) respond to interaction with/ presence of humans and produce MIDI tones. I appreciate this project for revealing plant properties that are intangible unless given these MIDI voices. While I do not think that data presentation always translates to some kind of appreciation or usefulness I feel like this project is very successful in expanding one’s notion of a plant’s existence. This expansion is conceptually simple but pretty exciting.

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