Pulsu(m) Plantae empirically analyses the mechanisms plants use to communicate and how their own biologi- cal processes are a manifestation of communication see mingly intangible to our senses. The project proposes the design of a sound prosthesis based on the principle of biofeedback -a technique focused on gaining awareness of an organic body physiological functions- using instru- ments to gather information about the operation and cy- cles of these living systems. The prosthesis transduce the readings obtained in to a sound synthesis process conferring an abstract voice to plants. Patterns obtained from the study in different specimens of plants would be a basis for a future design of a coded communication sound system.
The aesthetic conception of Pulsu(m) Plantae is based on the idea of chaosmosis, coined by Italian philosopher Félix Guattari, who proposes aesthetic subjectivity as a method for generating referential links. Pulsu(m) Plan- tae provides a series of interactive experiences where the technological application gives the subjects a tool to increase its capacity of perception. The project seeks to analyze the non-tangible processes of communication in networks composed of biotic elements, amplifying electrical signals that serve as channels of transmission be- tween the different types of specimens that conforms the plantae kingdom.
In collaboration with Juan Carlos Gonzalez biologist specialized in botanics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Project funded by: FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts)