TeleAgriCulture

A Cloud/Crowd Agricultural Data Network for Artists  

Our mission

This project will create a community platform for artists working in the field of Anthropocenic Art and Design, providing a crowd/cloud data exchange network for information exchange, for the practice of micro-farming.

This project will create a community platform for artists working in the field of Anthropocenic Art and Design, providing a crowd/cloud data exchange network for information exchange, for the practice of micro-farming.

A range of modular kits will be developed that incorporate aquaculture (fish farming), hydroponics (water-based agriculture) and desalination methods of small scale farming.  The kits are developed to adapt to a range of bespoke geographic locations and ecological conditions, and are monitored by a custom sensing device. The sensing devices provide real time sensory data from each kit/location, which will be used to optimise agricultural conditions and as input for a live coded audiovisual performance.

These data can be used to compare geographical regions and climates, to track changes in conditions over time, for observations and storytelling, but also to facilitate artistic outputs. This will allow for artists, plants and aquatic creatures, to communicate in new and more symbiotic and empathetic ways, merging natural systems, data systems and social exchange networks with art and design.

The project was conceived at the MIT Global Community Bio Summit in October 2018 and is supported by V2_ Lab for Unstable Media. It is inspired by the recent explosion of agricultural technologies and methods in the Netherlands such as saltwater farming and builds on current artistic discourse in relation to ecology, the Anthropocene and agency.

The preliminary responses to this project have been fantastic with several organisations committing to host kits and contribute to this project, including organisations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Guadalajara, Linz, Bristol, Perth, Florence and Corfu

Micro-farming kits

To design and develop a range of micro-farming kits that integrate aquaponics for a range of scenarios, including in the home and in farms, rivers/waterways, gardens, oceans, rooftops and urban settings

IoT sensing kit

To design and develop a robust IoT sensing kit that are adaptable to the range of kits that are developed and network these using mobile technologies and voluntary ‘handshakes’, out of respect for individual rights to privacy.

App

To develop an application that facilitates the uploading of data, tutorials, crowd/cloud contributions, data entry and viewing, including machine learning based troubleshooting and optimisation of individual agri-nodes

Nutrients

To develop a range of eco-conditionally specific solutions that can both produce and regenerate nutrients at a molecular/bacterial level, to build more robust organisms and ecosystems

Novel interfacing

To develop novel interfacing methods for communicating gathered data and sourced/created information from the project, in order to present in cultural settings

Reconfigure

To reconfigure how humans access and engage with ecology, agriculture and creativity within a Post-Anthropocenic paradigm for a more sustainable future together

Our team

Julian Stadon

Project Lead, Artist, Designer, Developer & Agriculturalist

Erik Overmeire

Artist & Developer

Jan-Nahuel Jenny

Designer & Agriculturalist

Roland Van Dierendonck

Artist & Biologist

Marisa Garreffa

Communications & Performance