In September 2017 I began work on a new project titled Mimosa Pudica: Artificial Time Zone.
This is an experimental research project that questions the ability of our own internal clocks to cope with issues of displacement by attempting to reset the internal clocks of plants. This project uses the Mimosa Pudica as a specimen. This special plant closes its leaves at night and opens them in the morning and is the perfect embodiment of the relationship of internal clocks to light.
The project will use grow lights programmed to fade on and off according to six different time zones: the South Pole, New York City, USA, Longyearbeyn, Norway, Sydney, Australia, Mars, and London, England. Encased inside of boxes, the growth will only be viewable through infrared web cam feeds streamed live over approximately 3 months on a website dedicated to the Mimosa Pudica.
In 1729 biologist Jean-Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan did his first experiments with the plant by keeping it in a darkened space all day and monitoring it’s habits by opening the door intermittently. This work will play on his experiments using contemporary technology as a tool to explore internal clocks of plants while making a reference to our current transient lifestyles.
The website will house live experimental research while also serving as a platform dedicated to the relevance and history of the Mimosa Pudica. Given the exciting and animated qualities of the plant I feel that it is something to be shared with others within the context of internal clocks.
This work is currently in progress and will be uploaded onto a website where visitors will be able to acquire seeds and instructions for growing their own Mimosa Pudica. Through social networks people in different parts of the world will be able to share their awareness of internal time through observation and recording of their own Mimosa plant. To get to this point we are applying for grants and funding. If you are interested please get in touch.
Below are some of the images associated with the development of this project including some of the plants that I have incubated.