Photosynthegraph by Yoko Shimizu combines photosynthesis and photography to print graphic images on plants.
In the Photosynthegraph installation, a botanical lab is installed in the exhibition space. Films are attached to plant leaves, allowing chloroplasts to create starch based on the graphic patterns. The leaves are then chemically treated to visualize the graphics created by the chloroplasts. The entire development process will be demonstrated in the artist performance.
Photosynthesis is one of the most important chemical reactions in the history of our planet. It is the source of oxygen and energy, and the foundation of our food chain. Humans have utilized photosynthesis for food and industrial activities. Now we are taking one step further to expand the possibility to art and design.
The images created by the natural process are delicate and beautiful, showing us that there are still infinite possibilities for technological advance and artistic expression on this planet.