Interactive and evolutive installation | 2015

Lia Giraud

Epigenetics gives our genome a certain plasticity that allows living beings to continually learn from and adapt to their environment. Can we thus imagine "optimizing our genetic code" and developing new faculties hitherto dormant? Recent research has already shown the capacity of the sensitive Mimosa pudica to free itself from its fears in a sustainable way. By developing its "cognitive abilities", will the telegraph plant grant us the next dance?

The plant Desmodium gyrans naturally performs movements visible to the naked eye. This almost unique ability in the plant world allows it to continuously adapt to ambient light and can be stimulated by certain sound frequencies or magnetic waves. Each movement induces a chemical upheaval within the plant, producing the emission of an electrical signal picked up by the electrode placed on its stem. This biofeedback system allows the plant to control the LED that lights it.
Through sound, touch, or any other means of communication, the public is invited to stimulate this mobility translated into a luminous reward. Thus, the learning of the plants will develop in an uncertain way during the exhibition.

Will plants really manage to integrate this self-domestication technology to challenge their nature?

This research is being carried out as part of the European "Epigenesys" program, with the support of the Curie Institute and La Paillasse, a community and open laboratory.



Telegraph plants, electrodes, openBCI, LED bars, hydroponic system, video projection, laboratory experience under bell.


Directed by Lia Giraud
Programming: Guillaume Dumas,Gerard Paresys
Programming assistance: Arnaud Fournier
Design assistance: Marcelline Chauveau, Solène Minjean
Hydroponics Growing Advice :
Philippe Gattegno
Scientific advice: Vincent Colot, Jean-Baptiste Thibaud, François Bouteau, Christophe Goupil.
Production: " EpiGeneSys " European Network of Excellence FP7, Paris Sciences et Lettres, EnsadLab " Réflexive Interaction ", La Paillasse, Community and Open Laboratory


Visions d’épigénétique, Galerie de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2015