Created by Michael Candy, Synthetic Pollenizer is a conceptual intervention in real-world ecological systems using artificial flowers. Inspired by natural pollenizers, these robotic replicas artificially pollinate bees, integrating into the reproductive cycle of local flora; an initiative into a cybernetic ecology.
Over the years the project has gone through many iterations, from orchids to daisies. The latest unit (in the video below) is a synthetic canola flower or rapeseed, field testing took place in Dookie (Victoria, Aus) in late 2017. Some of the early editions of the pollenizer project were developed under advisement of the Resource Ecology Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands during a mentorship. This collaboration lent access to many scientific papers about experiments with bees and fake flowers providing integral information needed to execute this project.
Created by Michael Candy, ‘Cryptid’ is an animatronic light sculpture that uses 18 linear actuators and open source Phoenix hexapod code to walk through a space. As human and robotic, natural and synthetic are increasingly amalgamated, the projects questions whether machines could be considered a subspecies.