Figmenta Botanica

WORK IN PROGRESS

DIRECTION, ANIMATION, AND EDITING BY

Jane Geisler

Plants possess the ability to sense and react to their environment by adjusting their morphology and physiology. Plants are capable of a broad range of stimuli, including gravity, light, moisture, infection, temperature, air concentrations, chemicals, parasites, disease, physical disruption, and sound. Able to communicate with each other and remember past experiences in order to adapt to future challenges, this behavior looks a lot like what we think of as intelligence.

This work in progress seeks to capture the physical phenomena of plant perception using time lapse photography to record the slow, dancelike nutational movement of common bean shoots in search of a support to climb. A secondary component imagines the dreamscapes of our bean plants by animating cut-paper silhouettes, oil paintings, and antique botanical illustrations.