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Plant Thinking – Listening – Feeling

Plant Thinking – Listening – Feeling

A Leonardo/Isast Laser Talk

Join us for talks about the art and science of working creatively with plants. At this event, research scientist Monica Gagliano and artist and curator Danni Zuvela will reflect on their work with plants in the lab, the studio, and the field, exploring the ways plants can be understood as sensing and communicating beings.  

This special event at HOTA is a Leonardo/ISAST LASER talk convened by Elizabeth Stephens and Grayson Cooke, programmed as part of the public program to support the exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson.  

Monica Gagliano: “Feeling for Not-Knowing: A Radicle Approach to Plant Science” 

Scientists are trained to think that “feeling” is not simply irrelevant but antithetical to their experimental methodologies. That scientists are not simply objectively trained minds but also bodies that feel has been an important perspective for reimagining scientific knowledge—bodies situated in time, place, and moved through relations. In this talk I explore how a scientist comes to make sense of feeling and knowing – and the relations “between” – throughout changing experimental configurations in pea plant decision-making, and I offer an invitation to explore creative and collaborative practices of science-making.   

Danni Zuvela: “Why Listen to Plants (When you can Look at Them)?” 

The idea that plants are sentient beings is a persistent theme in human history. But what was once the preserve of mystics, hippies and folklorists is increasingly being shown to have a significant basis in science: plants are aware of themselves in their environment, they feel and they communicate. This talk will overview artists and experimental musicians working – sometimes controversially – with plants, grounded within the world of plant-listening and told from Danni’s perspective as a curator and artist working with plant sound. 

1 hr 30 mins

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