Generating Diversity: Art, robots, and the future of farming

David Kadish

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The dominant systems of agriculture that provide food for much of the world suffer from a lack of crop diversity, which leaves them vulnerable to the spread of disease and pests. This paper proposes that this is, in part due to the machinery used in industrial agriculture. It introduces a project, Evolving Species One, that is grounded in artistic practice and robotics research that draws inspiration from gallery-based robotic artwork to try to design and evolve robots that can cultivate diversity in the plants that are growing within a complex farm ecosystem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersections : Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art
EditorsRufus Adebayo, Ismail Farouk, Steve Jones, Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationDurban, SA
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-0-620-80332-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventISEA 2018: International Symposium on Electronic Art - Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Duration: 23 Jun 201830 Jun 2018


ConferenceISEA 2018: International Symposium on Electronic Art
LocationDurban University of Technology
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
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