During the Summer Session 2010 residency at V2_, Brazilian artist Ivan Henriques collaborated
with biologist Bert van Duijn from Leiden University and the developers
V2_Lab to build a first Action Plant prototype.
are moving creatures. Their movements generally remains invisible
because their muscle and nerve-like systems operate at a very slow
and their rooting in soil confines their motion to the movement of
leaves. These restrictions give plants an enormous disadvantage compared
their main aggressors: animals and humans, in many instances resulting
loss of biodiversity and even extinction.
In the prototype that Ivan Henriques developed during the V2_ Summer Sessions a plant is provided with an off-the-shelf motor
system. The potential of the plant to sense when it is being
touched is used to set the motor in action. By doing so, the plant is able to speedily drive away in response
For the Jurema Action Plant (2011), see http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2011/10/jurema-action-plant.php