participating @ the biomodd workshop in kibla has been one of my most intense short term learning processes ever.
to start from scratch in terms of hardware and software and to actualy build working computers ( without any prior knowledge in this field),
computers which take on a kind of personality ( they have to be protected since they lost their hard outer shell).
and then to push the interaction with the environment to a higher level.
Warmth being a prime resource computers generate in abundance this is the most easily transferred resource to be used by the floral kingdom.
Exchange of living quarters, physical manipulation ( simple use of the wind generated by the fans which is a kind of physiotherapy for plants living indoor ), and the hint of computer aided plant growth ( sensorial analysis of light, moisture, minerals etc...) are topics still to be researched in depth.
the esthetics of the growth/construction/experiment evolve from a few basic principles shared by all members of the team.
the group dynamics experienced during the workshop gives one a good example of cross cultural potentialities.
In the end everybody has learned something from everybody and that is a fantastic experience.
a happy nic @ kibla @ Maribor @ slovenia / 28 november 2010