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22 November 2013 >

We Convert: Synthetic Metamorphosis

The Plant Orchestra: Conversation and Concert
by Christina Ertl-Shirley, Melodie Fenez, Ruth Waldeyer, 
tonight ! 20:30  

We Convert: Synthetic Metamorphosis 

A ‘WCOMTC’ multidisciplinary event

Köpenicker Straße 70
10179 Berlin

please spread the word! I´m happy to recommend a spontaneous Trockenschwimmen Workshop at ausland:

Sat, 26.10.2013 14:00-18:00

In this workshop participants will build primitive bots possessing synthetic emotions, exploring the possibility of of emotional connection between man and machines. this animated lifelikes help realize a thought experiment put fourth by Valentino Braitenberg, on the matter of synthetic psychology.

we start the workshop with physical exercises using sensory deprivation techniques (and bondage) to simulate the limiting world bots perceive and react to. After a discussion and a quick soldering tutorial we go into robot building.

Our bots do not use binary logic,  keeping circuitry analog in the B.E.A.M* robotics spirit. The circuit itself is deceptively simple, with two halves interconnected to form a base responsive/exploratory nervous system.

*Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics

more information here I´m a brave robot

Workshop fee 35 € (of which 20 € are material for your bot!) – please register a.s.a.p. at trockenschwimmen at

Sonification of an Aronia plantage near Aizpute. I make use of contact and noncontact methods for measuring electric fields and the internal resistance of the plants. This introduces a number of unspecified processes in the Aronia berries which create an orchestrated aletoric and site specific audio-installation.

June 10th, 2013 8:00 pm
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam Show in Google mapJune 10th, 2013

Free Entry


Fascinated by the possibility of plant amplification and their capacity to produce actual sound artist and musician Alexandra Duvekot (1984) started researching the sound of plants early September 2012 at The School Of Visual Arts in NYC.

‘Plant sounds’ can be understood as a means of communication and it appears that plants react to mankind and its environment. The real sound of plants themselves is hard to capture, but data and vibrations can be converted to sound in meaningful ways. The desire to hear the sound of plants lead to thorough research and dialogues with several scientists, sound experts and philosophers around the world.

For the residency at STEIM in Amsterdam, Duvekot collected 20 ill plants with the Plant Ambulance ‘Plantulance’ and took them with her to create a musical performance while investigating their differences in behavior.

The Plant Orchestra performance consists of a musical composition interacting with the 20 ill plants on a 432 Hz pitch and a lecture on the research on the sound of plants and the possibility of contact between human and plant. Some special guests of Plantenasiel will be present.

Sonification of young plants at Kreuzberg Pavillon.
An installation comprising only custom electronic oscillators and no computer.
Wherever electric current exists, magnetic field is also induced. This means that plants as all living organisms, which utilise electric current in their biology emit weak electromagnetic fields. My installation at the Kreuzberg Pavillon makes use of a noncontact method for measuring electric fields for the sonification of the young plants.

These Lillies rock. Ozzy too, of course