Magic Queen, 2021

soil, robotic arm, video projection

Magic Queen is a hybrid environment incorporating and fusing biological systems with organic materials and machines, creating an ecosystem of empty and coexistence. It explores the relationship among natural elements, technology, and living systems favouring the creation of an ecology of non-human subject. It is a built habitat that can restore and nature itself, redefining the role of living systems in architecture. It is a performative 3D-printed soil robotic garden. Sensors respond and machine learning creates continuous feedback among sensing, virtualising , and induced change. Its inhabitable space combines visual, auditory, olfactory, and haptic features to capture the sensual experience of this new, mediated form of nature. Nothing in it could exist without the presence of the other: interconnectivity in biological entities. Fungal flora and soil structure depend on the robot to nurture them; the robot relies on their existence to move. The interconnectivity and performativity of all elements generates ambient sound and a visual interface uncovers the otherwise invisibile stream of impact and growth.
The reactive music and AI generated soundscapes respond to inputs coming from sensors. Robot movements, growth of the garden and active viewers trigger real-time audio generation.

Exhibition: Biennale Architettura Venezia 2021
Artist: Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme of MAEID [Büro für Architektur & Transmediale Kunst]

with the additional support of:
Bundeskanzleramt Wien /Federal Chancellery Republic of Austria
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Stadt Graz / Land Steiermark
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck - Institut für experimentelle Architektur and Department of Microbiology
Andrea Reni
Martin Gasser
Francesco D’Abbraccio
Luca Pagan
Lukas Lauermann.