"To grow or not to grow – that is the question" – this was a message left by an anonymous person to the bean plants grown by artists Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits a few years ago at the start of the "Talk to Me" human-plant communication research project. This time the artists are interested in the following question: Which words do the beans wish to hear to grow and reach the gable of the manor? Tell them to the beans online at http://talktome.rixc.lv or by using the console and online interface available at the manor starting June 9, 2017.
The text messages sent online will be read out aloud to the plants day and night. You will be able to choose the voice to talk to the beans: one of the plants at the manor will be talked to in a female voice, the other by a male. The messages will be collected and analyzed, calculating the most frequently used words and exploring the relations between the words used together.
Three exhibitions will take place simultaneously across the three sites in Ireland, Latvia and France. Six contemporary visual artists have been selected, two from each of the host countries, whose practice is rooted in various aspects of digital technology. Another artist from Latvia will be Paula Vitola.
Support: State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the Latgale Region Development Agency, Latvia’s State Forests, project EUCIDA in the framework of the EU programme "Creative Europe".
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