Peter Keene +

>A bio-sound installation

>From 29 sept. to 1th oct. | Maison de la Villette | 8.00 pm – 1.00 am

A plant? It’s an ultra sensitive biochemical network that could be made to sing, hoot, shout, and that with only a few well located captors and adequate stimuli.
Come to think of it, it might be of some interest to hear about the vegetal world’s opinion on our contemporary lifestyle. Indeed, some of them do experience it on a day to day basis: the ficus, for example, watches television, attends environmental conferences with multimedia projections, or more. Plastic artists Peter Keene and Piet.sO have set up a bio-sound lab, equipped with three biospheres in which ficuses are to be studied mostly via their reactions to several stimuli representing our urban environment. The plants are isolated in spheres that control their light, water, and soil supply; captors transform their biochemical changes into electric impulses which — with the use of a synthesiser — become sounds; the plants thus play — the sounds of — their own answers to the stress we are all faced with.
Originally a chemist, an electronic engineer and a designer, Peter Keene is now a plastic artist and a robotic sculptor. Piet.sO has Polish and Ukrainian origins; she worked as an architect and scenographer before she became a performer and light sculptor in 1997.

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