5.12.-29.12.2019, Galleria Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland
Through out history a good amount of technology has been developed to support plant life: starting from simple irrigation systems of the ancient world to computer controlled green houses of the present day. In many of these systems the plants’ role is to passively produce desired things – be it food or beauty. In this exhibition the Mimosa pudica plants can now control some of the events happening around them through the Keyboard for Plants. The keyboard is a set of sensors that work the same way as pushing buttons: a button is pushed and something happens.
In order to understand better how the system works it is important to know that plants move, but usually very slowly. As the plant moves its leaf on top of a button, an electronic system turns on either a sounds or electrical equipment. The equipment and sounds are planned so that they suit the senses of the plants. It is unclear can the plant understand the connection between its movement and the change in the space. But it is clear from previous tests that some buttons are pressed more often than others. So there might be a preference.
Garden of the Not So Simples is Linna’s studio. It consists of an allotment garden and a studio space. Linna shares the garden and studio with approx. 50 different plant species, excluding all the nameless weeds. It is difficult to count the number of individual plants. The name of the studio is a version of the Orto Botanico di Padova in Padua, Italy, sometimes translated as Garden of the Simples. Even though the name refers to simple medicinal plants, the name also resonates the tradition of thinking that plants are simple beings.
Opening hours Wed-Fri 12.00-18.00 Sat-Sun 11.00-16.00 Closed on 25.12. and 26.12. Opening 5.12.2019 17.00-20.00