This work „pudica“ is a speculative plant based on Mimosa pudica, which is one of the sensitive plants.
The digital compound leaves fold inward and droop, in order to defend themselves from harm, when touched or shaken via device. To keep the best condition for pudica, there are humidity, water system and temperature control system surrounding it, otherwise it will die. Because it is very sensitive and can only live in a limited environment.
This is the question of how they survive with its limited potential in nature and how much technology supports their strategy. This speculative plant asks people about common problems that we are now facing, such as climate change and global warming.
Referring to „La botanica parallela“ (1976), this non-physical plant can only be seen through AR. „La botanica parallela“ is a treatise by Leo Lionni, who is well known as an illustrator of children’s books. It is a general term for a group of strange plants that are still unexplained. Those plants have no materiality. He defines them „A group of plants that live between space-time and reject our perception”.