Books about Plants, Art and Environments

January 25th, 2014 No comments

Plant Colour Patterns

During my research for my master thesis, I got some nice book recommendations about plants, nature, art and environment.

Natural artworks

These books provide a good overview how plants are used in Fine Arts over the last 100 years. Furthermore, it addresses and describes the environmental impacts of these design and art approaches. Pretty useful for an art history overview.

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Visualizing techniques with plants

January 16th, 2014 No comments

Plant Colour Patterns

My old blog post about visualizing data with plants was a summary of related artworks. But for my master thesis, I had to apply a theoretical analysis method. The result is supposed to be a more (scientific) valuable evaluation of visualization techniques with plants. Here is the first version of it.

Nowadays information becomes more pervasive and crucial in a knowledge-based society [1]. Therefore it is important for a society to develop an easy access to communicate meaning and functionality of information [2]. The easiest information access exists in our natural everyday physical environment. Public Screens attempt to address this task. Unfortunately, current public screens hold several disadvantages for our public environment. They need a dedicated flat surface, illuminating their surrounded environments, and address only the visual sense. Furthermore, people often associate public screens with advertisement and pay less attention to them [2]. Therefore, it is rational to investigate information displays beyond the traditional screen-based visualizations. Plants are one of these objects, which are omnipresent in our daily physical environment. For this reason, data sculptures with plants might be an alternative approach to solve the problems of public screens and reach wide audiences. Read more...

Locomotion applied to Plants for Public Spaces

December 26th, 2013 No comments

plant locomotion

The previous chapter "Can plants be music instruments" explored the possibilities of Biosensing with plants. Partially, it reveals some approaches how to translate plant perceptions into electronic signals (e.g. Pulsum Plantae). Movement and locomotion are always connected with perception [Ingensiep2001, p.303; Chamovitz2013, pp. 15] . The perception signal and the movement abilities of a living organism define how the movement will be performed. This interaction has an explosive power in philosophy. Read more...

Visualize data and stories with plants

November 21st, 2013 No comments

Plant Colour Patterns

On my last blog post "Can plants be a music interface" I explored plants as a possible input channel for musical devices. This time, I want to explore plants as a kind of display. Especially, how artists, designers, and engineers can communicate their data and stories through plants. More than a few plant based narrative approaches exist in our culture. They are mostly connected with old traditions and rituals. For instance, the Christmas tree or the Harvest festival (picture) are very common rituals for us. In this article I strongly focus on (Fine) Arts and Design approaches than on ritual driven expressions. The first part is more Fine Art and analog (without technology) oriented and the second part focuses on Design approaches with the support of Technology.

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Can Plants be a Music Instrument?

October 8th, 2013 3 comments

Make music with plants

During my research on Human Plant Interfaces I figured out music and sound is a very often used expression for this kind of interaction. As far as I know John Lifton and Richard Lowenberg are one of the first artists that used plants for creating a soundscape. Their installation "Green Music", created for the much discussed movie "The Secret Life of Plants" (movie), uses the approach of bio sensing and converts the signals to synthesized sounds. The visitors can interact with the plants via touch for changing the pitch level of a sound. Read more...

Movies, Documentations, and Talks about Plants

October 3rd, 2013 No comments

Plant Colour Patterns

Sometimes I am really tired and I have absolutely now motivation to read anything. In this mood I really enjoy watching videos. Luckily, I am also kinda addicted to documentation films, which has a positive side effect for my master thesis. Here is a summary of documentation related to plants, which I really enjoyed to watch.

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Making of wasfuttern.de: Produktion und der Launch

July 26th, 2013 1 comment

wasfuttern - making of - Part 3

Im letzten Blogartikel berichtete ich über die Ergebnisse unserer Feldstudie. Nun stand fest, was wie genau umgesetzt werden mußte. In diesem Blogartikel berichte ich euch über unsere Hürden bei der Produktion und wie wir bei unserem Launch vorgegangen sind.

5. Produktion

Die Feldstudie gab uns einen genauen Aufschluß was wir wollten. Nun ging es darum sich die Hände mit der Programmierung schmutzig zu machen. Kleine, mittlere und zum Teil ziemlich große Usability Anpassungen mussten umgesetzt werden. Read more...

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Making of wasfuttern.de: Vom visuellen Gesicht zur Feldstudie

July 22nd, 2013 No comments

wasfuttern - making of - Part 2

Im ersten Teil der Making-Of Serie habe ich die Randbedingungen des Projektes vorgestellt und unser Verfahren mit Hilfe von MockUps die Struktur und den Inhalt unserer App zu definieren. In diesem Beitrag geht es um die visuelle Gestaltung, sprich das Grafik Design unserer Ap. Ein weiteres Thema sind die Ergebnisse unserer kleinen Feldstudie mit Freunden.

3. Eine Art Mischung von Corporate Design und Screen Design

Die Erstellung eines visuellen Gesicht war weniger ein technisches und gestalterisches Problem, es war eher ein Budgetproblem. An dieser Stelle mußten wir einen großen Spagat zwischen unseren Ansprüchen und den stark begrenzten Mitteln machen. Read more...

Making of wasfuttern.de: Vom Mock-Up zum interaktiven Prototypen

July 14th, 2013 No comments

wasfuttern - making of - Part1

Seit Mitte/Ende Februar hat das Projekt wasfuttern.de das Licht der Welt erblickt. Mein frühiger Schulkollege Rusbeh kam vor ca. 1 Jahr auf mich zu mit seiner Antwort auf die alltägliche Frage "Was soll ich heute wo essen?". Jeder kennt sicherlich diese immer wieder auftretende Frage in der Mittagspause. In diesem Blogartikel gebe ich einen Einblick in unseren User-Centered Design Entstehungsprozess von wasfuttern.de.

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My most important Twitter Messages #16

July 1st, 2013 No comments