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Otras inteligencias. María Castellanos

  • Otras inteligencias. Diálogos inter-especies entre plantas y humanos will be on show in the Complejo Cultural La Merced, from 27/10 to 5/11.

Otras inteligencias. Diálogos inter-especies entre plantas y humanos (Other intelligencies. Interspecies dialogues between plants and humans, María Castellanos, 2020-2022) is an artistic research that aims to explore communication between plants. Through this project, the artist seeks to learn more about the language and the behaviour of plants, and to try to better understand these living beings with which we cohabit the Earth.

Several scientific studies have shown that plants have chemical processes with similar characteristics to the processes that occur in the nervous system of animals. Therefore, plants have memory and can learn about their environment. Based on their particular kind of intelligence and their ability to learn, the artist has created this neural network of plants. She has designed an algorithm that makes possible remote communication between plants, through training, and learning from different stimuli.

About María Castellanos

María Castellanos is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of art, science, technology and society (ACTS). She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), in the framework of the FeLT – Futures of Living Technologies Project.

She holds a BA and a PhD in Contemporary Artistic Practices from the University of Vigo (Spain), with an extraordinary PhD award in 2016. Her work has been awarded with prizes such as the BBVA Foundation Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators (2020), VERTIGO STARTS (2017), a prize awarded in the framework of the EU-Horizon 2020 programme, an initiative led by the Centre Pompidou and IRCAM in Paris and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany, to foster collaboration between artists and research and development projects. In 2016, she received the Antón Grant for Sculpture Research from the Antón Museum in Candás (Spain). Also in 2016, she was nominated for the STARTSPrize’16 at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) and at the Japan Multimedia Arts Festival (Tokyo).

Her work has been exhibited at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica (Austria), Centro de Arte LABoral (Spain), Athens Digital Art Festival (Greece), Onassis Stegi (Greece), House of Electronic Arts Basel (Switzerland), La Gâite Lyrique Museum (France), DRIVE Volkswagen (Germany), Matadero Madrid (Spain), Bozar Electronic Art Festival (Belgium), Arts Santa Monica (Spain), Touch Me Festival (Switzerland), MUSAC (Spain), CEBIT. European Festival of Innovation and Digitisation (Germany), V2_Lab (Netherlands), Pompidou-Metz (France), Antre Peaux (France), the Trondheim International Art and Technology Biennial (Norway) and the RIXC Festival (Latvia).

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