September 17, 2019
Technology is constantly evolving and bringing life to old ideas and creating ones that are new. In the Maker documentary it focuses on the creative side of technology and the ideas that people are constantly bringing to the table and sharing with others around the world. This maker movement has sparked many projects and organizations for people to live a life off of. With the maker movement there are people being featured in popular festivals and shows such as te Ars Electronica Festival. This festival has many creative ideas in both art and technology and shows off many artists and their achievements. The maker movement has drastically increased the use of technology and art to form their own movement and to be constantly giving back to the community through open sourcing and crowdfunding.
The Maker documentary showed many creative uses of modern day technology and the importance of being able to have a space to work and share amongst other people. One project that caught my eye was BioCurious, for they had a much different idea than most of the other projects that were shown and had made some notable inventions such as the bioprinter . According to the Maker documentary “Biocurious is a place where you can really harness and channel that creativity and that curiosity that you have and really explore” (https://uregina.kanopy.com/video/maker).By giving people access to a complete working laboratory and technical library, entrepreneurs, students, and enthusiasts get the freedom to work in a positive educational environment. I enjoy this project because as much as I love computers and virtual technology, it is interesting to see the world of biologists working in a public lab together to create new ideas and work on a different area of technology that does not get as much light shined on.
Ars Electronica Festival has many interesting and unique projects but The Confronting Vegetal Otherness project interested me very quickly upon seeing it. The artist Spela Petric, wanted to know more about vegetation through different projects and installations in which “she deals with different forms of exchange between humans and plants”(https://ars.electronica.art/outofthebox/en/phytoteratology/) . This project interests me because I often see works between people and people, people and animals, and even people and nature as a whole, while this project focuses on just the human and vegetation relationship. This is a unique project which has many interesting ideas and outcomes which helps us further understand the complex nature of the relationship between humans and plant life.
BioCurious and Confronting Vegetal Otherness relate to each other through biology. The goals of the two projects are different from each other while still using plants and life to accomplish their goal. BioCurious wants to inspire and give the tools for entrepreneurs and scientists to grow and learn by giving them a space to do so. Spela Petric’s goal “is to explore the possible biosemiotic cross section of humans and plants at various levels of organization, challenging the prospect of intercognition – a process during which the plant and the human exchange physico-chemical signals and hence perturb each other’s state”(https://www.spelapetric.org/scotopoiesis). This quote is from one of the three parts of the project but applies to each section in that it is exploring humans and plants together.
These projects impact our world in different ways. Biocurious has a more direct impact on our culture in that it is creating new scientists and opening up doors for new products and projects to be made everyday by any who decide to use their space and tools. This impacts us by giving new products and research into the uses of biology and whatever else the people there decide to create. This can give rise to many advancements in biotechnology and give inspiration to those who want to go into the field. The Confronting Vegetal Otherness project impacts people in a more emotional, and eye opening way. Through the projects of interacting humans with vegetation this gives our culture an outlook on our interactions with not just the world around us but with plant life on a more accurate scale. Both these projects pose a positive impact on our culture and hopefully it will grow into something bigger and better.
- Maker documentary directed by Mu-ming Thai