Forum Keynote Address
Hangarter, Roger .
Communicating an Awareness of Plants Through Science and Art.
AS a group, plants are among the slowest forms of life. With their barely perceptible movements, plants merit little notice for most humans. With industrialized agriculture, increasing urbanization, the availability of realistic-looking artificial plants that do not require human interaction, and a world that is moving at an ever increasing pace, we are becoming further removed from the rhythms of plants. As a consequence, plants are receding in our consciousness and tend to be regarded as little more than ornamental objects. In this presentation, I will discuss how we use time-lapse technology in our research to translate the timescale of plants into one more familiar to us, and how we have taken that work into the classroom and to the public at large. This journey has led to the development of “Plants-In-Motion”, a web-based collection of time-lapse movies for teaching plant biology and to the production of sLowlife, a traveling multi-media science/art educational exhibit. I will also provide a preview of the sLowlife exhibit, which was designed to let viewers experience plants in a way that generates a sense of the intrigue and mystery. The goal of the exhibit is to enhance the viewers’ awareness of plant life while providing an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to plants and our environment.
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Roger Hangarter's Web site
1 - Indiana University, Department of Biology, 1001 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405-3700, USA
plants and their environment
plants in motion
Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2006
Time: 4:15 PM