Mimosa photica
Mimosa photica

Mimosa photica

winter 2015

 

metaphor, privacy, voyeurism.

 

Mimosa pudica is also called sensitive plant or shy plant. when touched or shaken, Mimosa pudica’s leaves fold inward and droop, defending themselves from harm, like insects, and re-open a few minutes later to continue photosynthesis. in german language, Mimose metaphorically relates to a very sensitive, shy, fearful or tearful person.


accenting this metaphorical meaning, I want to extend Mimosa pudica’s senses to emphasize the shared characteristics between this sensitive plant and human beings. In my project, Mimosa pudica shall not only react and respond to physical, but also to visual stimuli.


recognizing a photographing smartphone, Mimosa photica will back down, shuddering, … hiding its beauty from its curious observer.


_ arduino, Mimosa pudica, OpenCV, openFrameworks, plant pot, steel, webcam.