Artist duo María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde welcome you to a workshop presenting the result of their residency at Sliperiet. The project is called Symbiotic Interaction – presenting wearable garments in and through which plants can communicate shifts in the environment to their carrier.
During the past months María and Alberto have been working on two wearable tech garments continuing on from their previous research Clorofila 3.0. In the Clorofila project small electrical vibrations in plants were measured through sensors and algorithms, and it was discovered that the data changed depending on changes in external environment such as in temperature, distance of objects, atmospheric pressure or light makes a reaction in the plant. In the new project Symbiotic Interaction garments are constructed to carry tiny plants that can measure and monitor the surroundings, working as an interface for the changes and relating environmental data to the wearer.
María and Alberto will present their process, sketches, patterns, models and the show garments under construction. They will demonstrate the plants’ meditations and how the data can be visualised on screens integrated into the dresses. The participants are asked to contribute their perspectives to form a dialogue around potential opportunities.
About María and Alberto
María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde started their work together in 2009 under the name uh513. Since then they ave been working in a variety of projects where the common thread is the study of the interrelations and intersections between machines and humans. They approach these issues in different mediums such as interactive installations, sound interventions, and multimedia pieces conducting a transversal and interdisciplinary research where technology allows humans to enhance their senses and capabilities.