Photo credit: Windell H. Oskay,
on creative engineering and new media art

Yucca Invest Trading Plant (1999)

February 1st, 2008

Yucca Invest Trading Plant

Dynamic installation by Ola Pehrson

On the table we see a yucca plant in a pot, wired up with electronic sensors. The sensors are in fact biometric sensors that measure tiny electrical variations in the plant. These are interpreted by the computer, who uses it to buy or sell shares on the stock market. If the plant does well as an investor, it is rewarded with more light and water.

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Structured tagging:

  • autonomous (it changes over time, but it’s not interactive as such)
  • bio-art (it contains sensors that measure biological activity)
  • installation (in a broad sense)