In progress, virtual reality animation
Ecomimesis is a dynamic, virtual reality (VR) environment containing animated virtual plants responsive to viewer action that seeks to collapse conventional distinctions between inside/outside, natural/cultural, and human/non-human to explore inter-species connections between plants and humans. The species featured is Erigeron canadensis, a common urban ‘weed’ chosen for its prevalence in human crafted landscapes that is at the same time often 'invisible' to most people as they choose to ignore such so-called nuisance species. Ecomimesis is inspired in part by a lesser-known text by Charles Darwin, The Power of Movement in Plants, in which Darwin documents his observations of how various plant species move as they grow. The animation was based on thousands of time-lapse photos of growing plants.