James Stone, M.F.A. candidate in the School of Visual Arts, has been awarded a summer residency at Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. During his residency, he will work on his M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Robotic, Augmented and Cyborg Plants, which takes critical theory in the area of human-machine-interface, agricultural science, and cyborgs and explores the philosophical and ethical considerations of allowing plants to utilize technology for their own means. Furthermore, these “plants” will be networked, aesthetically playing homage to the fungi networks of communication in the plant world, with a web-based portal, allowing for human-machine/human-machine-plant interaction. These post-natural plants and robotic counterparts will be hosted in an architecturally sculpted immersive environment that aesthetically looks like a futurist theme of plant-machine symbiosis.
For more information on Stone’s work, visit www.manofstone.com.