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Amsterdam based artist Diana Schrerer has the proof that science was waiting for:  plants do have intelligence and can actually follow paths, have memory and sense, much like humans do. Until now, we probably thought plants were just some green things that grow out there, without thinking too much further than this.  “Plant neurobiology” is a new domain scientists began to study and it seems they are having a lot of fun. Artist Diana Schrerer explores how the sensitive roots of plants can be modeled into man-made shapes, in her project called Interwoven. She collaborates with biologists from Radboud University in the Netherlands and finds inspiration into Darwin’s studies about plant behaviour. She explains it herself: “Charles Darwin was the first to watch the behavior of the plant roots. In his book The Power of Movements of Plants, he describes how roots do not passively grow down, but move and observe. A root navigates, knows what’s up and down, observes gravity and localizes moisture and chemicals. Darwin discovered that plants are a lot more intelligent than everybody thought. For contemporary botanists, this buried matter is still a wondrous land. There is a global investigation to discover this hidden world. I also want to explore it and apply the ‘intelligence’ of plants in my work.”

The filament-like roots are cultivated in soil around custom-made, subterranean molds, and are unearthed some time later to reveal a thick, ordered mesh that almost feels like a textile. Zooming in, one can see how these organic elements weave and interlace themselves to create more complex forms.

What we think about this works of art is expressed not in words, but in silence. We let you just enjoy it, as we did.

 

 

Diana Scherer

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Diana Scherer

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Diana Scherer

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