Customized Biorhythm



2021

Dimension: 26'' x 28'' x 55''
Medium: acrylic, aluminum, neodymium, PLA, PET, motors, electronics



"The way a society deals with its plants tells us a lot about itself." — Lois Weinberger

Customized Biorhythm is based on a vision of the future that defies natural order. This concept envisions a world where the usual processes and laws of nature are challenged or reversed through human intervention and technological advancement. In this perspective, the starting point is the destruction and impoverishment of nature, with humanity turning to the re-creation of flora and fauna as a means to solve these problems.

This context gives rise to an era termed "Generinature." The National Biocenter cultivates eight different tiers of plants, classified based on the degree of human intervention. The less human intervention a plant receives, the greater its right to life and self-making-becoming, making it more rare. These eight types of plants include:

  • Natural Plants: Those growing without human interference, seeding naturally.
  • Cultivated Plants: Grown through human sowing and cultivation.
  • Controlled Plants: Grown under strict human-controlled conditions.
  • Digital Plants: Plant information carried in digital form without a physical presence.
  • Virtual Plants: Plants with a visual appearance observable on digital platforms.
  • Genetically Edited Plants: Plants produced through genetic editing, with special/enhanced functions, variety changes, or hybrid forms.
  • Pseudo-Plants: Plants that have lost their natural appearance but retain core plant characteristics, usually made from artificial materials.
  • Intelligent Plants: Plants with subjective consciousness and learning abilities.

Customized Biorhythm focuses on "Controlled Plants." Researchers have recompiled new biological rhythms within these plants. Instead of following the natural day/night cycle, these plants grow faster and mature within predetermined timeframes. This decision led to the death of non-compliant plants, leaving only those that were domesticated. The researchers are akin to the new wizards of this era.

Plants can be domesticated by environmental signals like light and temperature, thus resetting them. Customized Biorhythm introduces lunar and diurnal rhythms to domesticate a basil plant to complete its growth in 27.32 days. The circadian gene provides the plant with information about daily environmental changes, directly controlling many of its developmental processes related to the plant's primary metabolic pathways throughout its lifecycle. This metabolic process is sensitive to changes in light quantity, quality, and photoperiod. Plants domesticated by light have internal biological cycles that synchronize with artificially created environments.

Red and blue spotlights simulate the moon's illuminated surface, with the light's position and sequence mimicking the moon's phases. Viewed from above, this resembles the moon's real-time state. A horizontally aligned, windmill-like "time wheel" alongside the plant lights up its first strip at 6 a.m., with an additional strip lighting up each hour until all are lit by 5 p.m. The lights remain off from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day. 

A U-shaped tube holds 600ml of nutrient solution, sealed at both ends with nanoporous plastic to allow light penetration and air exchange. The seed, wrapped in rock wool, is embedded in a transparent sleeve to ensure nutrient supply and prevent successive cropping obstacles. As the rock wool absorbs the nutrient solution, which is taken up by the plant, the level of the solution gradually decreases. This nutrient solution in the hydroponic enclosure does not need replacement during a cycle. When someone passes by the plant, the device emits a rustling rain sound, and vibrations caused by humans are transmitted through the plant's cells.