TeleAgriCulture sets out to create a 'Cloud/Crowd Agricultural Data Network for Artists', and an 'Aquaponic Permaculture Micro-Modular Agriculture Network'.

Teleagriculture creates a community platform for artists working in the field of Anthropocenic Art and Design, providing a crowd/cloud data exchange network for information exchange, for the practice of micro-farming.

A range of modular kits are developed that incorporate aquaculture (fish farming), hydroponics (water-based agriculture) and desalination methods of small scale farming.  The kits are developed to adapt to a range of bespoke geographic locations and ecological conditions, and are monitored by a custom sensing device. The sensing devices provide real time sensory data from each kit/location, which will be used to optimise agricultural conditions and as input for a live coded audiovisual performance.
These data can be used to compare geographical regions and climates, to track changes in conditions over time, for observations and storytelling, but also to facilitate artistic outputs. This will allow for artists, plants and aquatic creatures, to communicate in new and more symbiotic and empathetic ways, merging natural systems, data systems and social exchange networks with art and design.
The project was conceived at the MIT Global Community Bio Summit in October 2018 and is supported by V2_ Lab for Unstable Media. It is inspired by the recent explosion of agricultural technologies and methods in the Netherlands such as saltwater farming and builds on current artistic discourse in relation to ecology, the Anthropocene and agency.
The preliminary responses to this project have been fantastic with several organisations committing to host kits and contribute to this project, including organisations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Guadalajara, Linz, Bristol, Perth, Florence and Corfu.

Project Goals

– To design and develop a range of micro-farming kits that integrate aquaponics  for a range of scenarios, including in the home and in farms, rivers/waterways, gardens, oceans, rooftops and urban settings.
– To design and develop a robust IoT sensing kit that are adaptable to the range of kits that are developed and network these using mobile technologies and voluntary ‘handshakes’, out of respect for individual rights to privacy.
– To develop an application that facilitates the uploading of data, tutorials, crowd/cloud contributions, data entry and viewing, including machine learning based troubleshooting and optimisation of individual agri-nodes.
– To develop a range of eco-conditionally specific solutions that can both produce and regenerate nutrients at a molecular/bacterial level, to build more robust organisms and ecosystems
– To develop novel interfacing methods for communicating gathered data and sourced/created information from the project, in order to present in cultural settings.
– To reconfigure how humans access and engage with ecology, agriculture and creativity within a post-Anthropocenic paradigm for a more sustainable future together.

More: https://teleagriculture.org

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