Bloom

After visiting a botanical garden in Italy Goethe became convinced that he could discover some simple unity among the great variety of vegetation.

He conceived the idea of an original or archetypal plant, an Urpflanze ("Primal Plant ") from which all plant forms can be derived.

In an essay and a poem, where he explained the diversity of plant forms as an ongoing transformation of leaves, Goethe bridged the gap between the poetic and science.

 

A project in collaboration with Lisa van Leenen and Tamara Pinos

 

Installation

The primal plant exists as an idea but the idea or image of the primal plant is not a finished concept. We should create conditions allowing the idea of the primal plant to grow and try to convey some of the poetic and scientific qualities of the primal plant without giving an exact answer to what the primal plant is.

 

 

 

We want to create an explorative installation. In a process that is similar to an assembly line we will explore the idea of the primal plant. But instead of assemble a finished product we will deconstruct flowers a study the parts. We will bring all the data that will emerge from our study in a symbiotic interplay with a deconstructed version of the poem of Goethe.

The data (the scientific) and the words of the poem (the poetic) will blend into an ever-changing presentation that will convey the symbioses and interplay of the poetic and the scientific.

The presentation can be digital, a physical construction or a combination of both.

The cat is dead, long live the cat

 

We designed an installation that is inspired by the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment. In our installation the cat exists in two parallel universes.

 

A project in collaboration with Arimas Bavarski

 

An interactive installation inspired by Schrodinger's cat

Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a cat that might be alive or dead, depending on an earlier random event. The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretation of quantum mechanics. In the course of developing this experiment, Schrodinger coined the term "Verschrankung" (entanglement).

 

 

// A cat is put in a box,

along with a deadly device.

Therefore the state of

the cat is uncertain.

 

The thought experiment

A cat is put in a box, along with a deadly device. In a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none. If it happens, the counter tube discharges, and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. But there is also a possibility that the cat is dead. You will never know for sure. Therefore the cat is dead and alive at the same time.

 

Our installation

We constructed an installation that is inspired by the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment. In our installation the cat exists in two parallel universes. The state of the cat, dead or alive, can be observed and changed in the universe outside of the box. The state of the cat inside the box is uncertain. There is some entanglement because when you change the state of the cat outside the box something inside also changes. The cat can be observed by a webcam, directly with your eyes, through a hole, through a mirror. Maybe the way we observe the cat has influence on the state and location of the cat. But we can never be sure.

 

The Heartbeat Pulse Matcher

 

The Heartbeat Pulse Matcher is a small wearable device that can be put on like a glove. One or two or more people can wear such a devise. A pulse sensor detects their heartbeat.

 

A project in collaboration with Lisa van Leenen

 

Just imagine

You are dancing on the dance floor in your favorite club with your heartbeat pulse matcher around your wrist. Dancing with yourself is amusing, but dancing together with someone is much more amusing. You are getting a signal of your pulse matcher. This means that there is someone around you who transmits his or her heart beat to you and before you know it, you are not dancing alone anymore.

 

 

// Sense your heartbeat

and connect to

a matching rhythm

 

 

How does it work?

The Heartbeat Pulse Matcher is a small wearable device that can be put on like a glove. One or Two or more people can wear such a devise. A pulse sensor detects their heartbeat. On the rhythm of their heartbeat a vibrating pulse signal is send to a miniature vibe board that makes contact with their skin.

 

The heartbeat pulse matcher also contains a transmitter/receiver. The heartbeat of a participant is automatically transmitted. A heartbeat can be received and interpreted by the other heartbeat pulse matcher. The signal is only detected when the two participants are within a certain distance from each other. The incoming pulse signal is combined with the heartbeat of the receiving participant. The result of the comparison is translated in an experience that is perceived through vibrating pulses that are a mix of the two heartbeats. It gives an indication about the way the two heartbeats merge with each other.

 

  • The heartbeat is perceived by the pulse sensor and send to the Lilypad. The lilypad puts out a signal to the miniature vibe board. You perceive a vibrating sensation on the skin in the same rhythm as your heartbeat.
  • A transmitter sends a wireless signal that contains a heartbeat of a participant wearing a heart beat pulse sensor.
  • Thereby other participants wearing a device can receive the heartbeat of a second participant wearing a heartbeat pulse sensor
  • These rhythms combine to a new beat that can be sensed by both participants.

 

Hardware

2x Arduino LilyPads 328

2x Lilypad FTDI USB adapter

2x Lilypad Xbee adapter

2x pulse sensors (http://pulsesensor.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/3v-- - pulse-sensor)

2x Xbee 1 mW Module (to transmit an receive the pulse signal)

2x Lilypad vibe board

2x 9 volt battery