PLA(N)Tform is a virtual ‘organism’ in which digital and biological actors grow and evolve in ‘ecosystemic’ relations. It is a speculative experiment of ‘terrestrial co-existence’ transforming biological, techno-scientific and atmospheric processes into a space-time of ‘planthropocene’ – gardens for human-plant ‘involution’.
The PLA(N)Tform at Ars Electronica will evolve into a virtual garden connecting live video concert from the Forest Garden Greenhouse in Riga and Virtual BioSensing exhibition as well as ‘growing, sensing and making kin-ship’ performances in Karlsruhe.
The PLA(N)Tform is a virtual organism in which both natural and artificial actors grow and evolve together, in the darkness of an infinite space of potentialities. The PLA(N)Tform grows in Deleuzian and Guattarian “rhizomatic” proliferations while it is nourished by luminous seeds, each containing their own “naturally artificial” worlds. By juxtaposing the different realities in a heterogeneous plurality, the PLA(N)Tform is understood as a speculative experiment of Latour’s “terrestrial co-existence.” Epistemological and aesthetic practices, far removed from hierarchical mechanisms, merge into a space-time of planthropocene” – Natasha’s Myers envisioned gardens for plant-people “involution.”
The PLA(N)Tform at Ars Electronica will evolve into a virtual garden connecting the live video concert from the Forest Garden Greenhouse in Riga and Virtual BioSensing exhibition in Karlsruhe, featuring the artworks that eco-systematically explore the forests and underwater world creating Reversed gardens, Forest stories and Floating woodlands; grow telegraph-plants and mimosa to explore devices for tracking and visualizing the plant-movement; use photogrammetry to create virtual Nature nostalgia environments in the times of isolation; make sensing experiments to explore human-plant kin-ship; investigate herbal tea making traditions, and engage in Home-Sick Farming activities that manifest in plant-growing and sharing, and cooking performances.
PLA(N)Tform – Growing, Sensing and Making Kin-Ship
Virtual BioSensing project group
Online exhibition of artistic biosensing experiments in virtual space and at BioDesign Lab HfG Karlsruhe
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Riga: RIXC Fields Residency – The Forest Garden Greenhouse artists
Artists: Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Ivo Taurins, Platons Buravickis, Kristaps Biters, Lauris Smits / RIXC
Karlsruhe: PLA(N)Tform Virtual BioSensing Project Group at BioDesign Lab HfG Karlsruhe
Artists: Kira Ellen Adams, Julia Ihls, Alejandra Miranda Janus, Margrethe Emilie Kühle, Jung Eun Lee, Isabella Münnich, Eleanora Pfanz, Christina Vinke, Carmen Westermeier
PLA(N)Tform Garden Riga-Karlsruhe project is curated by Rasa Smite in relation to BioSensing and Virtualities seminars at HfG Karlsruhe, and Forest Lab project by RIXC in Riga. The project is taking place in the framework of RIXC’s project *Green Revisited – Encountering Emerging Naturecultures*, co-funded by EU program Creative Europe and Latvian State Cultural Capital Foundation.
The project is produced by RIXC Riga-Karlsruhe, 2020.