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Flora Luma: A Research-oriented Artistic Exploration of Human-vegetal Participatory Space

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  • Raune Frankjær
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  • Maggie Kitel

Flora Luma is a plant-controlled installation, developed by the authors. It utilises bioelectrical signals to drive color-animation of self-illuminating objects. Electrical signaling constitutes a part of plant vocabulary, employed for intra- and interspecies communication. Recent findings ascertain plants to be much more perceptive of their environment, than previously thought [2,5]. Terms like plant behaviour and plant intelligence are entering scholarly discourse and have been the subject of both major articles in respected media [3,8] and artistic exploration [10]. Yet, the public is largely unaware of the richness of plant life and communication. Flora Luma is designed to provide an insight into the inner workings of plant life, serving as a mediating device allowing the spectator to directly interact with the plant and receive visible real-time feed-back. Plant and human become hybrid agents jointly creating unique artistic reality. The installation highlights the reciprocal relationship and participatory nature between vegetal and human space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC 2016 : Participatory Design in an Era of Participation - Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference; Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops
Number of pages2
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2016
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4136-3
ISBN (electronic)9781450341363
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventParticipatory Design Conference 2016 - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference 2016
LocationAarhus University

    Research areas

  • flora luma, human-plant interaction, human-plant participation, human-vegetal space, interspecies communication, light art, mediated interspecies interaction, non-anthropocentric art, parliament of beings, participatory design, research-oriented artistic exploration

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