Fragile Ecosystems (2020)



The future is a world of rapidly changing climates, changing in ways beyond prediction with unimaginable domino effects.

I have designed a monitor with the intention to use it to take readings of plants in the field. The monitor reads the air temperature and humidity, the humidity of the soil and takes readings directly from the plant of its minute cellular electrical communication. People can use this monitor to easily tap in to how a plant is reacting to changes in its environment. Supporting people in the important transition into deeper relate with the tiny profound effects climate change is having on the botanical world and how in turn it is affecting us.

The idea is communicated through the display which the monitor sat in for its presentation. It uses the data being recorded from the plant to release two different smells from the plinth. For example, you get one smell if the soil is at the correct moisture level and the plant is content, and the other is the moisture level drops and the cellular activity in the plant responds.

This research begs the question what will the plants of the future smell like?




Data visualised and sonified by Jakub Fiala

a project for Firmenich