Plant-to-Plant Protocols

London College of Communication - London, UK

03-07 June, 2019
Plant-to-Plant Protocols was a workshop taught over one week at the London College of Communication at the invitation of Supra Systems Studio. Using a garden as infrastructure, IR transmitters and receivers were carefully attached to plants, transmitting floral ASCII art as modulated pulses of light between plant nodes. A meditation on the fragility of communications networks, glitches were introduced to the data whenever the sun would come out from behind the clouds, or the stems would sway from the wind. The students learned how to create network infrastructure and develop a simple, low-level communications protocol with Arduino, IR sensors, and 2.4GHz radio modules.