Experimenta Life Forms – – COMMISSION ARTIST

Artist: PluginHUMAN – Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer (VIC)
Artwork: PULSE: The Life Force of Trees 

PULSE places audiences in the centre of a digital experience that’s controlled by the life force of trees. Through this project we aim to forge deep connections between people and our natural environment, raising questions around ecological conservation in the age of economic rationalism. The development of PULSE is being fed by a wide range of field research (in the Amazon, Panama, Taiwan, India and Australia) where PluginHUMAN are collecting data from significant local trees and waterways.

The PULSE installation will display the internal microscopic structure of significant international trees. This data will be enlarged and presented in sculptural form. The sculptures will be lit by full-colour programmable LED lights. The light show will be controlled by environment data collected from the significant international trees. This data will reflect information such as the movement, moisture, sounds and subtle changes to the bio-systems surrounding significant trees.

Read an ‘in development’ interview with the artist HERE. 

PluginHUMAN ­– ­an art-technology duo foundered by Australian artists Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer – create immersive environments and provide audiences with hands-on interactive experiences. Underpinned by an acute understanding of the role that technology plays in contemporary society, their work places people at the centre of a digital-organic encounter.

PluginHUMAN have held creators-in-residence positions at the Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University, Australia. They received a Good Design Award and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award, and they have created commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), the C-Lab (Taiwan) and Questacon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Museum).


Experimenta Life Forms International Triennial of Media Art

Exploring how biological and artificial life are challenging human-centric thinking, Experimenta Life Forms will be Experimenta’s 8th national touring exhibition. It premieres in 2021 and will tour nationally until 2023. Click here to find out more.

‘PULSE: The Life Force of Trees’ by PluginHUMAN is an Experimenta Commission. 

Image credit: PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer). Created during LABVERDE Art Immersion Program, Amazon (2019).