An artificial plant with motors attached at the base of each branch. These motors cause the artificial leaves to move, activating the inanimate object making it appear at the same time more alive and more mechanical. The motors are controlled by a light sensor so that, much like real plants which are dependent on light, the movement will slow down or stop when a shadow falls on it. At night it will go to sleep, or if people stand too close and cast shadows on it, the plant will nervously stop moving.
The work explores reality and unreality in our technology dependent society which is increasingly defined by online interactions and relationships with robots or Artificial Intelligences. It imagines a time where living albeit ‘still’ plants are replaced by robotically animated but artificial plants that we can interact with.
Tully Arnot has been exhibiting since 2009 at galleries and institutions both nationally and abroad. He has completed residences in Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne and Milan.
He has also been commended for his work in numerous competitions.
artificial plant, microcontroller, servo motors, electronics, light sensor, metal, motion
60 x 80 x 80 cm
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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