Call it an instrument of moss conduction. It’s like the grown-up version of that potato battery you made in grade school. Not quite as efficient as regular photovoltaic solar cells, but more eco-friendly to manufacture. Putting plants to work …
Tomorrow at 11 am at #UBCO in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada: CRWR 260 students perform the real-time composition of the Twitter-poem #vherbage.
Our themes as always: art and science collaboration, plant consciousness as an idea that challenges accepted notions of learning and knowing, innovations in writing.
Join in – we would love input from the wider world into this publicly-written poem. Find us at #vherbage on Twitter or on the public screencast – tomorrow, 11 am for about 20-30 minutes. Or just watch the tweets roll in here.
Text generated during the performance will be the basis of the final poem that you will be able to find at the digital poetry website vherbage.ok.ubc.ca when it is launched in late April.
And to give you a taste of the soundtrack that will back the live event, here’s Frank Zappa reminding us to Call Any Vegetable.
See you at the Fipke foyer if you’re on campus, otherwise see you online tomorrow!
On March 4, this year’s Creative Writing 260 class and I will do a live public Twitter performance poem in Fipke Foyer at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, as part of UBCO’s Celebrate Research Week – events schedule here.
It’s called “Herb Is the Verb”: a digital-social media-sound-text event that meditates on the plant-body-mind interactions we experience in life and language. Tune in at 11 am Pacific Time / 2 pm EST, hashtag #vherbage!
They did it for science at talktoaplant.com.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science went digital with the classic Talk To The Plant And See If It Grows experiment. They had the public tweet in their words of encouragement or discouragement to #talktoaplant, and tweets were transformed via software into speech directed at one plant while another was kept in identical, but silent, atmospheric conditions.
This writer from the Hyderabad-based newspaper Deccan Chronicle responds to the Tweet To a Plant project by reminding readers that Dhanvantri, the founder of Ayurvedic practice, used his own body as the instrument by which to tune in to plants:
“Dhanvantri came to know and record the medicinal qualities of most of the plants. He did not have any scientific tools for his research. But he had the most effective tool, the art of meditation, being in absolute silence, pulsating in sync with heart beats of the plants.”
Hey, DMNS, I missed the live plant-cam. Did you publish the results? Did the myth get busted or did the idea that tweeting wasn’t going to make a difference get busted?