Flora Machina: A defensible cyborg landscape
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The landscape is under constant threat from human kind and cannot evolve fast enough to protect itself adequately. By augmenting an ecosystem’s natural resilience with cybernetic technology, it will be better equipped to ensure its survival in an urban setting. This practicum will investigate the creation of a cybernetically-enhanced ecosystem, the cyborg landscape, and how this organism(s) will know and understand the world around it. This practicum has been inspired by the idea of the cyborg, research on plant intelligence, installations, artistic interventions and ideas of chance and performance introduced by composer John Cage. The cyborg plant is a strategy used to expand on the limitations of a plant allowing adaptation to situations and environments. To become a cyborg, is to have an intimate bond between technology and organism, both functioning as one to overcome limitations limiting survival in the environment.