Botanicals (Blog Entry 2)

‘Botanicals’- Kati London, Rob Faludi, Kate Hartman

‘Botanicals’ is essentially about communication between plants and people. It is an ongoing collaboration between the three artists: Kati London, Rob Faludi and Kate Hartman.

Kati London designs, develops and builds opportunities for interacting with others. Her collaborative projects have included: Urban Sonar, You Art Not Here, and Botanicals. She currently works as Senior Producer for Area/Code Games where she develops games that bridge the digital and the physical.

Rob Faludi is a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Senor Networks, and Arduino and Processing. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Good Morning America among others.

Kate Hartman creates new tools for expression through innovative applications of technology. Her individual and collaborative projects span the fields of wearable computing, mobile telephony, video installation, and conceptual art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is featured in the recently published book “Fashionable Technology”. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University and teaches courses in soft circuitry and physical computing.

This project opened a new channel of communication between plants and humans, in an effort to promote successful inter-species understanding.

Plants that might otherwise be ‘neglected’ are given the ability to call, text and tweet people to ask for assistance. ‘Botanicals’ also gives visual and oral clues using common methods of communication for those people who might be unsure of their ability to effectively care for the plants.

‘Botanicals’ uses a moisture sensor that tweets updates when the plant using the device needs water. Once it has been watered by the user, the plants even send out a thank you tweet.

The role of the user is to simply receive the tweets and promptly respond by assisting the plant in whichever way it needs assisting.

I like this work because it brings a whole new meaning to communication between humans and inaudible/inanimate objects. It leads me to believe that there could possibly be more of these devices made that allows us to communicate with our pets, our clothes or even our houses.

Sources Used

http://www.bigredmag.net/todays-innovator/2012/3/4/dyi-botanicals-kit-lets-your-plant-tweet-when-thirsty.html

http://www.botanicalls.com/about/

The device being used in a plant.

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