US (NY): Playing music by poking plants at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

A new botanical exhibit in Brooklyn invites visitors to interact with plants in a whole new way — by listening to them.

Adrienne Adar’s “Sonic Succulents: Plant Sounds and Vibrations,” which opens today at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, amplifies potted plants and turns them into musical instruments.

“To audiolize, to listen to them, I think gives them more of an individuality; to understand that they are doing things all the time and moving and feeling things in their environment,” Adar told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The experimental project from the Los Angeles-based artist features plants with handmade sensors — either buried in the soil or inserted directly into the plant — that generate unique sounds.

Touch one part of a cactus, and it responds with a noise that sounds like a robot. Rub the pot, and it might croak like a frog.

Read more at brooklyneagle.com  


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