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Margrete Lodahl Rolighed

Plant Radio: Tuning in to plants by combining posthumanism and design

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The Plant Radio is an electronic device that makes it possible to perceive how (and that) a plant responds to its environment. The device works by artificially amplifying the EMG signals of a plant. Aesthetically, it builds on the metaphor of the radio broadcast receiver that allows for tuning in to intangible signals sent through the air. By drawing on mediation theory and making tangible the otherwise hidden signals of plants, the Plant Radio exploratively seeks to reconfigure the relationship between plants and humans by allowing new relations to form. In this pictorial, we present the design of the Plant Radio, and we discuss how the Plant Radio serves as a materialization of the posthuman theories that form the backdrop of this project. In doing so, we expand on the design process of the artifact, specifically unfolding the discussions when deciding not to include a power button.

TitelDIS '22 : Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Antal sider11
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Udgivelsesårjun. 2022
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781450393584
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2022
Begivenhed2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Australien
Varighed: 13 jun. 202217 jun. 2022


Konference2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing, DIS 2022
ByVirtual, Online
SponsorDeakin University, Monash University, SIGCHI

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
We thank sound designer Frederik La Cour for his important contribution to the project, the makerspace Digital Design Lab for providing us with their facilities during the prototyping phase, and Maker Faire Aarhus for inviting us to exhibit the Plant Radio to the public. Thank you also to the anonymous reviewers. This work is funded by AUFF NOVA, grant no. AUFF-E-2020-9-2, Growing Co-design.

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