We have combined new ideas and technology in converting an eighteen foot enclosed trailer into an off-grid, mobile project space and exhibition classroom. This PlantBot ArtLab is able to reach any community that is connected to a road and can arrive ready for community interaction. Essentially, the trailer acts as the stage, further expanding creativity and understanding that museums and galleries are not the only place for art to exist.
The PlantBot ArtLab has visited several communities to directly interact with local populations through hands-on art activities including the creation of other plant/robot hybrids and extensive mothing events. These complex educational art events blend natural science, robotics, enviroment and sustainable practices in a collaborative and interactive stage that expands the imagination. Participants enter the trailer, don a lab coat, and create experimental artwork. Under the guidance of the artist team of PlantBot Genetics these projects range from unique technological materials such as remote controlled robots, recycled toy animatronics, of both living and artificial plant materials to solar powered insects, and living moths.
Jeff Schmuki + Wendy DesChene = PlantBot Genetics
Artists Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki form PlantBot Genetics, a parody of a biotech corporation that satirically looks at the possible evolution of plant species due to cellular invasion technologies and other like agricultural practices. We support transparency in food production.
Monsantra, our company's most widely distributed product, is named after the Monsanto Corporation, one of the largest suppliers and producers of genetically modified seed. Like a B-movie Godzilla, Monsantra is a hybrid of imagination possibility and reality.
Like any other sucessful biotech, we have expanded our marketshare to include other projects that look to a larger enviroment impact. Our most recent Moth Project represents a more direct approach to this form of public practice and scholarship.