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Plant Facts and Plant Fiction, Weeping Thief (Ficus lacrima)

A work made of durst lambda print.

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  • A work made of durst lambda print.

Date:

2010

Artist:

Troika
English, founded 2003

About this artwork

At once visionary and weird, the multidisciplinary designers of Troika have imagined a world in the near future in which bioengineered plants achieve a variety of unusual capabilities. Mushrooms can “hush rooms” by providing insulation and sound dampening in a crowded apartment building. The Self Eater is designed to break down into pure ethanol fuel, while the Weeping Thief excretes a special liquid that acts as a security device for computers and smartphones. Although they are heavily inspired by science fiction, Troika’s hybrid plant-machines reflect questions asked in cutting-edge research today about the environmental and humanitarian implications of future designs.

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Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artist

Troika (Designer)

Title

Plant Facts and Plant Fiction, Weeping Thief (Ficus lacrima)

Origin

England

Date

2010

Medium

Durst Lambda print

Dimensions

79 × 96 cm (31 1/8 × 37 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Funds provided by the Architecture & Design Society

Reference Number

2010.420.1

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