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Alter Nature: We Can - David Benqué - Acoustic Botany (2010) | by Z33 House for Contemporary Art
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Alter Nature: We Can - David Benqué - Acoustic Botany (2010)

Acoustic Botany presents a garden for listening. Benqué suggests a combination of plant manipulations: from grafting and selective breeding methods to genetic manipulation and synthetic biology, to make flowers and plants produce sounds. What if you could listen to a garden, instead of looking at it? What would be possible soundscapes? What would the experience be like? But also, how would greenhouses be adapted? What set of rules would one need to take into account?

By presenting a fantastical acoustic garden, a controlled ecosystem of entertainment, Benqué aims to explore our cultural and aesthetic relationship to nature, and to question its future in the age of Synthetic Biology.

David Benqué


Acoustic Botany 2010

Scientific Advisors Christina Agapakis, PhD Candidate, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University. Oscillator, Kirsten Jensen, Research Associate and James Chapell, PhD Candidate, Macromolecular Structure and Function Research Group, Division of Molecular Biosciences, Imperial College London

Thanks to Tommaso Lanza, Tim Olden, Emily Hayes, Andy Clymer, James Brown and PJ Steiner at the Haseloff Lab, Cambridge


photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33


exhibition Alter Nature: We Can at Z33 from 21.11.2010 to 13.03.2011

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Taken on May 31, 2010