The HUMAN GARDEN series is a body of work that aims to bring a focus on how people in urban environments interact with their surrounding green spaces. Urban development and tampering have caused a decline in native New England flora, in addition to causing isolation and alienation within local communities by creating gentrified environments. This project aims to point to the changes and control these types of green spaces have on a neighborhood and city and how access is decided by location, design, and other political aspects. The exhibition uses a biodata sonification device, like the MIDI Sprout, that is able to take the biodata from a plant. Like humans, plants give off electric bioenergy that can be translated into a rhythmic patterned sound that can then be sent through a MIDI connection and translated into music. I aim to create an alternative way of connecting to the environment around us but also to one another. Biosounds will enable visitors to listen to the sounds made from the plants in the gallery and create a collaborative rhythm by touching and interacting with them.
Lani Asuncion earned her MFA in art with a concentration in video and sculpture from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and is currently a Studio Manager of the Media Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her work has been screened in Another Athens Film Programme with SNEHTA shown at SUPERMARKET Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden with Interviewroom11. She is an artist-in-residence alumna of Caldera Arts Center, Elsewhere, Santa Fe Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives in New South Wales, Australia, and in 2019 made new work at Cerdeira in Lousã, Portugal. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grant from the American Australian Association, and Assets for Artists grant from MassMoCA. She participated in ILLUMINUS Boston 2017, and regularly performs live shows throughout the city. Her Human Garden Series was shown at the Boston Children’s Museum Art Gallery and she hosted a series of workshops.