Can plants talk? And, better still, can we talk to plants? The answer to both questions is yes. Research is constantly teaching us more about how plants communicate, which therefore also shows us how intelligent and complex plant communication is. Artist Collective World Wilder Lab and Prof. Bert van Duijn from Fytagoras have together developed two installations which allow us to actually communicate with plants.
How can plants talk?
Plants communicate in various different ways. For example, they communicate with their appearance, like their structure and colour. They also communicate with chemistry: smells and also with poison in dangerous situations. But, plants also give each other and their environment constant small electrical signals, in their leaves, roots or stems. World Wilder Lab’s artists Kasia Molga, Ivan Hendriques and Erik Overmeire have now successfully managed to blow these signals up to a scale they can observe, with the aid of nano electricity. These signals can therefore now be translated into sound, but movement too.
Fascinating communication is now possible
This equipment now allows for two worlds to connect, which up until now weren’t able to communicate with each other. These artists have demonstrated that plants appear to react to our touch and our sounds and, in turn, react to these again too. One of their ambitions is to continue to develop this equipment, allowing others to also produce installations like this.
These installations can be visited
These installations can be seen during Our World of Plants from 3rd to 8th November 2013. Wholesaler Waterdrinker is organising this around the FloraHolland Trade Fair. Plants and the experiences they can create are central focus points during this exhibition. This includes seeing plants as forms of art, plants as meditation inspiration and, of course, this fascinating way of actually being able to communicate with plants yourself.