Plants chime in with an audio composition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    With the exception of Seymour, plants have very few talking roles, until now.


    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is expanding its inspirational repertoire to include sound. Data Garden: Quartet, a weekend-long exhibit showcasing a bio-reactive, plant controlled, symphonic exhibit will be on display Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.

    Translation? Someone has found a way to hear plants.

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    Data Garden: Quartet is “plant-controlled audio composition,” possibly the first of its kind.

    According to the Data Garden site, four large, tropical plants have been fitted with electronic sensors. The plants react to the environment around them, including visitors. These reactions are then converted into data, and translated into commands by a computer, which then creates a real-time audio composition.

    Data Garden coincides with the Zoe Strauss exhibition that runs through April 22.

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