Per Capita

Planthropy

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Site Outremont

  • Opening hours: 28 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 18:00
  • Stephanie Rothenberg [US]

The techno-social rhythms of social media and philanthropy are animated in "Planthropy."


In this interactive installation, grow lights immerse the viewer in a garden of illuminated hanging planters constructed from clear plastic tubing. The effect is suggestive of a strange bio laboratory setting. The planters respond to Twitter posts about why people donate. Each wifi-enabled planter is equipped with an automated watering system connected to a small LCD display and speakers.

When a Twitter post is received, it activates the system causing the plant to be watered. This is immediately followed by a scrolling message on the LCD display about what drives that person to donate — “I donate because I’m a survivor,” “I donate because I’m luckier than most,” “I donate because it’s sexy.” The computer speaker then reads the message aloud. The result is a global heartbeat of flickering messages and synthetic voices emoting the feelings of lenders from around the world and questioning what it means to be charitable through the click of a button.

Free

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Site Outremont

  • Opening hours: 28 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 18:00