Jurema Action Plant

Will the machines of the future be able to live in symbiosis with living organisms?

Jurema Action Plant

Jurema Action Plant by multimedia artist Ivan Henriques lets a plant run away from stimuli, offering it some of the reactive capacity that humans have in their environment. Henriques describes Jurema Action Plant as «a hacked wheelchair» that reads the electromagnetic field of a plant to determine when it is being touched. Although plants lack nerves (like animals) or wires (like machines), they respond to stimuli by the transfer of electrical signals through its cells. The so-called «sensitive plant», mimosa pudica, responds to what it perceives as environmental threats by closing its leaves when provoked, even by just a light touch of a finger. In Jurema Action Plant, a signal amplifier detects when the plant is engaging a defense response, triggering via a custom circuit board the robotic holder to move away from the location of the stimulus. The mobile unit also contains a watering system to nourish the mimosa.

 

Jurema Action Plant 
by Ivan Henriques

Jurema Action Plant
by Ivan Henriques

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