The Augmentation of Plants
Plants intuitively collect information about their surroundings. Much like humans, animals and machines, they have electrical signals travellingÂ inside them, but no nerves. Still, they naturally react to changes in luminous intensity, osmotic pressure,Â temperature, cutting, mechanical stimulation, water availability and wounding;Â but in their natural physique, the plantsâ€™ silence condemns them into mereÂ automation.
We, as human beings, have a natural desire to anthropomorphize inanimate objects, in order toÂ sympathize or communicate with something other than our species. In the situation of plants, since theyÂ are after all living, we perhaps crave for a humanoid affection or emotion coming from their part â€“ anÂ expression of intelligence, a desire for their augmentation.
The measurement of the plantâ€™s reaction to the external environment begins to depict the plant as a semi-human, possibly a machine. This augmentationÂ can be represented as the plant talking through one. It is only understandable that a machine will one day truly impersonate a humanÂ by some media, and plants may not be so far off.
In the short film above, a plantÂ was embodied with the physique of a woman. This manifestation ofÂ pseudo-evidence personifies plants to humans hiding inside their body, to exemplify their augmentationÂ through the attribution of a brain and a body. The short film is split in three distinct parts, the first ofÂ which deals with the actual personification of the plant, the second illustrating the hidden conditions,Â and the third dealing with a representation of the augmentation (through the animation of theÂ motionless).