Several of the pieces in the ITP show were more abstract and artistic, aimed at starting conversation rather than creating new products. Felisia Tandiono‘s project, Haze State, consists of a fern-lined globe that you place over your head to experience different scents. Tandiono focused on smells from Bushwick, Brooklyn, since “Bushwick” literally means “little town in the woods.” The mock garden is a way to explore how natural scents surround us.
One of the most aesthetically intriguing pieces was “In the Future, Gardens Will Grow on Motors,” an eerie landscape of black rocks and light bulbs filled with ferrofluid, a dark magnetic liquid. The system used solar power to charge batteries, which created electromagnetic pulses that made the ferrofluid take on different shapes. Created by Genevieve Hoffman and Gabrielle Levine, the piece is the first in the series Crude Landscapes, which deals with translating naturally occurring energy — sunlight, in this case — into lifelike properties with an “inorganic built system.”
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