groworld /sys

'sys' stands for systems in groworld. In this strand, we focus on the role of that technology can play in developing the greener side of our cultures. sys aims to move away from making complicated machines towards growing complex systems.

sys projects: metabolicity

The foundation of sys is our interest in learning from plants, to help us move from a society of consumers to a society of producers. Biomimicry is one of the important inroads to reach this goal. As is working with nanotechnology on a scale where machines can be grown rather than constructed. The most direct way is to try to communicate with plants. Extrapolating from the field of human-computer-interaction, we are interested in developing interfaces for human-plant-interaction (HPI). With some assistance from ethnobotany and patabotany, among other things 'sys' researches electrochemical interfaces that can enable communication with the 'planetary other'. Within 'sys', the speculative field of HPI explores the nature of surfaces and processes required to facilitate mutually beneficial interaction between humans and plants.

related events


2007-11-08 12:00 Europe/Prague
2007-11-10 20:00 Europe/Prague

On the Mutamorphosis conference, FoAM presented the paper "groWorld HPI" and participated in the debates on "Synaesthesia", "Smart Materials" and "Art and Science in Media Education".

Fluxus xxxxx_micro_research workshop

2009-07-04 10:00 Europe/Berlin
2009-07-04 22:00 Europe/Berlin

Fluxus - Scheme livecoding, animation, games and plants

In this workshop you will find out about the emerging art form of livecoding and learn how to write simple scripts to create animations in 3D space. After an introduction to the scheme programming language and how to use it to build shapes and animate them, you will be let loose on prototype game code for groworld - a game still in production which takes elements from guerilla gardening, permaculture and plant growth.

Further details can be found at

groworld workshop at sommercamp+workstation

2009-08-10 05:06 Europe/Berlin
2009-08-16 05:06 Europe/Berlin

The simulation-led workshop cluster presents constructive approaches to measurement, description and modelling of real world systems ranging across urban and ecological interventions. The world can be described by way of maps, diagrams, fiction, circuits and software. Desciptions, or representations, take on their own life as autopoetic systems, creating complex ecologies; describing becomes constructing (growing your own world).


2011-01-21 00:00 GMT+1
2011-02-13 00:00 GMT+1

Immanentia – a palm top theatre piece

Performing Pictures and FoAM – have been invited by curator Maki Ueda and V2 to create a piece for the Palm Top Theater exhibition at the upcoming Rotterdam International Film Festival. The piece, Immanentia, is based on Lina's organic and flowing illustrations from the Groworld project, brought to life by Robert Brecevic.


2011-04-27 19:30 GMT+2
2011-05-29 00:00 GMT+2

On the 27th of April, Palm Top Theatre exhibition travelled to the new location of EMAF festival. Together with other two artworks, 'Immanentia', was selected to be part of European Media Art Festival in Osnabrueck, Germany
The EMAF is one of the most important forums of international Media Art, and is an open laboratory for creative and artistic experiments that help shape media and the aesthetics of their content.

Immanentia – a palm top theatre piece

Rainforest Etiquette

2011-10-16 00:00 GMT+2

FoAM is organising and hosting a lecture by Suprabha Seshan. She is the spokesperson of the Gurukula Botanic Sanctuary in Kerala India. At the rainforest sanctuary local tribal women are trained to become parataxonomists and ecosystem gardeners. Through their work over 20 years Suprabha and the team have seen human pressure, demands and damage on the rainforest increase. She will speak on several topics including the failure of environmental education. The forest needs a particular type of support if it is to survive at all.

Radio Mycelium

2011-12-08 10:00 Europe/Brussels
2011-12-09 17:00 Europe/Brussels

Radio Mycelium tutorial includes the construction of a series of experimental situations examining a new networked imaginary, the single organism of the fungal mycelium, in relation to pathogenic, electromagnetic communications.

"A mycelial network has no organs to move the world, no hands; but higher animals with manipulative abilities can become partners with the star knowledge within me and if they act in good faith, return both themselves and their humble mushroom teacher to the million worlds all citizens of our starswarm are heir to." -Terence McKenna. The Mushroom Speaks

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