“Thoughts of a Plant” explores the slowness and passivity of plant life by transducing plant biosignals into an evolving ethereal soundscape. A microphone wired into the plant allows visitors to speak into the system, transducing their own thoughts through the plant. When left alone, the soundscape evolves slowly over time as the plant biosignals drift over the course of minutes and hours. When the visitor engages with the plant, the sounds wildly change with the detected speech.
The project used a custom amplifier circuit and max4live to read voltages on the plant and modulate an ableton patch accordingly.