Plant sounds

Acoustically exploring plant life

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Many life processes in plants are invisible to the human eye. The musician Richard Eigner and students of the TransArts class at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, have therefore taken up the challenge to render plant life in the Botanical Garden perceptible in the form of sound installations.

In a first step, the artists immersed themselves in the basic principles of plant life under the tutelage of the biologist Ingeborg Lang (Department of Molecular Systems Biology, University of Vienna). The next step was to "give the microphone" to selected plants at the Botanical Garden.

In May 2020, sound stations were installed at various sites in the Garden in the framework of Biodiversity Week. The visitors were able to listen to how the artists envisioned plant processes such as gas transport and vegetative propagation.

Using the map of the stations and the respective sound files below, you can visit the selected plants in the Garden at any time and listen to their "melodies" on your smartphone.