metabiosis

metabiosis: creating a sustainable environment designed to execute a continuous cycle of plant - machine interdependency
Project Location

Brooklyn New York United States of America
Artists Involved

Project Description

The goal of this project is to create a sustainable environment for potato plants. Electricity will be harvested from the potatoes, which would then control the required elements for the plant’s survival. The concept is developed from the understanding that fruits and vegetables are able to generate electricity. If the electricity is harvested appropriately, it could be used to provide enough energy to control its basic necessities - water, nutrients, and artificial sunlight for the plant’s survival. However, the electricity harnessed from these organic-cells is of low current and/ or voltage, but it is theoretically possible to control the voltage and current of these organic-cells by connecting them in parallel and/ or series. The system is designed to execute a continuous cycle of plant / machine interdependency. This cycle depends on the survivability of both organic and electronic elements, creating a symbiosis relationship between the two. This project is a collaboration between two emerging new media artists - Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli & Anis Haron.
Image above is a preliminary sketch of the installation’s design. Zinc and copper plates are attached to the plant’s produce, causing electricity generating chemical reaction. By harnessing electricity from these plants, it would be possible to provide enough energy for an Arduino microcontroller to send pre-programmed control signals to three supply nodes. The three independent supply nodes, in turn provides the plants with the three most essential needs; water, nutrients, and artificial sunlight.
Project Timeline and Budget

Timeline:

It is estimated that the project will take 8 to 10 months to complete.
The diagram below shows the project’s monthly goals for an estimated project
completion in 10 months.

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Budget:

Electronics:
1. Arduino Mega – $65 each x 1 Unit: $65
2. Misc electronics components: $270
Hardware:
1. Metal Halide Bulbs (Grow lights) – $45each x 10 Unit: $450
2. Bronze Centrifugal Water Pump – $430
3. Flat Spray Nozzles (1/4” Pipe Size) – $9.50 each x 10 Units: $95
4. Bolts / Screws / Nuts / Washers / Pipes - $150
5. Water tank - $50
Materials:
1. 4ftx8ft 1/2inch thickness Cast Plexiglas – $200 each x 4 Units: $800
2. Potato plants / seeds: $200
Studio overhead:
1. Rental & Utilities: $1110
Outsourcing work:
1. Laser cutting service: Estimated cost $500
Fee:
1. Artist’s fee (15% of total cost): $618
Total estimated cost: $4738
About the Artist(s) Involved

Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli
hafiz@muhammadhafiz.com
muhammadhafiz.wanrosli@gmail.com
www.muhammadhafiz.com
Education
MFA
2010
Computer Art School of Visual Arts, NY
BFA
2007
New Media
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Professional Experience
2008-2010
Library Manager (School of Visual Arts-MFACA)
Administer, direct and supervise the training of library staff in duties such as
receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging and equipment use
2009
Artist Assistant (Federico Muelas INC)
Assists Federico Muelas in the public art piece (Blue Flower/ Flor Azul) for the
George Pearl Hall Building, School of Architecture and Planning at the University
of New Mexico, Albuquerque
3D Artist Internship (Tiny Mantis Entertainment)
Provides the team with concept art for upcoming games, and as a game tester
2007-2008
3D Artist (Asia Pacific Videolab)
Worked with a group of animators and offline/online editors.
Communicate with clients and agencies
2008
Teaching Assistant (International Islamic University Malaysia)
Assisted in teaching:
Fundamentals of Applied Arts
Applied Arts Studio

Scholarships/Awards

2010
School of Visual Arts The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
2008 – 2010
MOHE (Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia) / USM (Universiti Sains
Malaysia) Post‐Graduate Studies Scholarship Award
Exhibitions, Screenings and Festivals
2010
VASA: Virtual Connection online exhibition
Pixxelpoint, 11th International New Media Art Festival, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Bakat Muda Sezaman, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Digital Interactive Design Forum, Wuhan, China
Contemporary International New Media Art, Wuhan, China
Rooms Art Uncovered, issue 02 (2010): 032-033
Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, New York
Light Art Biennial Austria 2010, Biennale Lichtkunst – private light in
Festival de arte Digital, Oi Futuro and Quina Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
ArtTube: New Media Art and Creative Technology Collection
MFA Computer Arts Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
MFA Computer Arts Open Studios, School of Visual Arts, New York
 
2009
User Generated, School of Visual Arts, New York
2007
LUKIS : Landasan Untuk Kemukakan Intelek Seni, USM School of Arts, BFA
Thesis Exhibition, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Virtual Screen (Tabir Maya); Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Gallery, Universiti Sains
Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
2006
Warisan Rumah Melayu Pulau Pinang, Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Gallery,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
2005
Upstart ’05 The Nokia Creative AV Awards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Festival Filem Pelajar Malaysia (Malaysian Students’ Film Festival), Penang,
Malaysia
2004
Malaysian Video Awards, Penang, Malaysia
Malaysian creative week/student video festival (USM), Penang, Malaysia
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Anis Haron
anisbharon@gmail.com
www.anisharon.com
Education
MFA
2010
Computer Art
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BFA
2007
New Media Design & Tech
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Diploma
2004
Information Technology
Inpens College, Selangor, Malaysia
Certificate
2002
Information Technology
Inpens College, Selangor, Malaysia
Professional Experience
2009
Artist Assistant
Worked on a public art project, “Blue Flower/Flor Azul”, to be installed
in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New
Mexico, Albuquerque
Federico Muelas Inc, New York
Scholarships / Awards / Grants
2010
National Art Gallery of Malaysia Artist Travel Grant
First Place Award in Physical Interactive Category, ACM SIGGRAPH SpaceTime 2010 Student Competition
School of Visual Arts The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
2008 – 2010
MOHE (Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia) / USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) Post-Graduate Studies Scholarship Award
2006
Silver Medal, Universiti Sains Malaysia Research and Innovation Exposition & Competition
Exhibitions Record
2010
PIKSEL10 (Un)Stable – The 8th annual Piksel festival for Electronic Art and Technological Freedom
Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway (Group Show)
Instruments for Unsent Letters – Audio Palimpsest
Harvestworks : Digital Media Art Center, New York City, USA (Group Show)
Pixilerations [v.7] – A showcase of New Media Art and Interactive performance
First Works Festival, Downtown Providence, Rhode Island, USA (Group Show)
ACM SIGGRAPH SpaceTime 2010
SIGGRAPH 2010 – The 37th International Conference and Exhibition on
Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Los Angeles Convention
Center, California, USA (Group Show)
MFA Computer Art Thesis Exhibition
Visual Arts Gallery, New York City, USA (Group Show)
2009
User Generated
School of Visual Arts, Westside Gallery, New York City, USA (Group Show)
FILE – Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica (Electronic Language International Festival)
FILE’09 Exhibition – FILE 10 NURBS PROTO 4KT (FILE Media Art)
Galeria de arte do Sesi, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Group Show)
2007
LUKIS : Landasan Untuk Kemukakan Intelek Seni
USM School of Arts, BFA Thesis Exhibition
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (Group Show)
2006
Research and Innovation Exposition & Competition ’06
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (Group Show)
2005
FINAS (National Film Board of Malaysia) Student Film Festival ’05 (Finalist)
Dewan Budaya USM, Penang, Malaysia (Screening)
NOKIA Upstart! Competition ’05 (Finalist)
Zouk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Screening)
Musical Achievements
2006
Winner, Penang Island Jazz Fest: The Jimmy Boyle Young Talent Jazz Competition (Performance)
2nd place, KEKKWA (Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage): Malaysian Young Talent Music Competition (Performance)
Winner & Best Performance Award, MAKUM (Malaysian Universities Council of Culture): Fiesta Muzika (Performance)

Artist(s) Work Samples

Work samples
 
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Title: Audio Palimpsest
Artist: Anis Haron
Year of completion: 2010
Medium: Wood, Aluminum, Electronics, Magnetic Tape, etc.
Description: Audio palimpsest is an interactive sound-based installation which explores applications of indeterminacy and randomness in an interactive platform. Based on a reconfigured cassette recorder, this installation allows multi point interaction by synthesizing data inputs collectively. Audio Palimpsest is meant to be viewed in a gallery setup, where upon interaction, it will start recording ambient sounds in the space and playing it back simultaneously. Over time and after multiple interactions, content of the magnetic tape builds up, layering previous recordings thus creating a palimpsest of sound.
Listen to Audio Palimpsest audio recordings
Watch Audio Palimpsest video documentation


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Title: Designatum
Artist: Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli
Year of completion: 2010
Medium: Plexiglas, EL Wires, Electronics, etc.
Description: Designatum is an interactive installation, using input from users to build random spatial networks out of its web-like internal structure. As a user enters a sentence (via the attached keyboard), a microcontroller processes their given information: breaking the sentence into its individual words. It then scatters the words within itself, creating a new and random pattern of electro-luminescent wires, connecting the LCDs displaying the words of their original sentence — the original context is discarded as obsolete. When idle, Designatum cycles automatically between a random flickering and a directed traversal of the electro-luminscent wires — creating a visual interest that attracts the users’ attention.
Watch Designatum video documentation
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Title: 64buttons.maxpat
Artist: Anis Haron
Year of completion: 2009
Medium: Software (MaxMSP Patch)
Description: Max Patch to be used with the open-source Monome or Arduinome controller (shown above). Notes are mapped according to the harmonic table map – allowing musical chords to be played with button press patterns, with glitch and playback speed altering features. Patch requires Monome Control Objects (created by James Drake) available for downloads at here.
Download the Max Patch
Soundcloud: 64buttons.maxpat
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Title: Transcendental Labyrinth
Artist: Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli
Year of completion: 2007
Medium: Video projections and various materials.
Description: This piece of work is an adaptation/ interpretation from a different perpective of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Taken from the point of view that Alice is a representation of the audience, this installation focuses on what is within Wonderland, which is what is encountered by Aliece (audience) in her spiritual journey and the conundrum that she goes through. The question that arises is what is actually “inside” wonderland?
Comments (1)

  • Forrest Oliphant | Sat, Jun 4th, 2011 9:23 a.m.
    it could be used to provide enough energy to control its basic necessities - water, nutrients, and artificial sunlight for the plant’s survival"
    This can't be correct. The plants will die without external inputs of light, water, and nutrients. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_of_energy
    On the other hand, a system like this could be set up so that when it dies it illustrates the unsustainability of technologically enhanced biological systems.
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