6.5m geodesic dome, clear vinyl, 80 species of plants, arduinos, alligator clips, macbook, speakers, metal stands.
Step into ‘Botanicus musica’, an interactive sound garden that comes to life by simply touching the plants themselves.
Combining interactive art with music, botany, horticulture and technology, participants are able to trigger sounds through capacitative touch sensing. For example, touching a succulent (Carpobrotus glaucescens), may produce sounds of waves gently lapping at the shore. A coastal banksia (Banksia integrifolia) may produce a crunchy textural sound. Percussive and melodic sounds are triggered that sonify the unique aesthetics and botanical properties of each plant, creating a sense of musicality, playfulness and discovery.
Rather than romanticising nature, through the use of advanced technology 'Botanicus musica’ seeks to recontextualise our idea of nature and celebrates a new vision of what could be.