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Hydro-Poetics: Hydroponics as an Experimental Poetic System

A speculative arts project exploring the practice of hydroponics: the art of growing plants in a chemical solution, without the use of soil. Visual Artist Katy Connor is working to construct and reimagine a living hydroponic…


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Image of Katy Connor in her artist studio at Spike Island in Bristol

Katy Connor

Katy Connor is a visual artist working in the spaces between embodiment, technologies and materiality.

A speculative arts project exploring the practice of hydroponics: the art of growing plants in a chemical solution, without the use of soil.

Visual Artist Katy Connor is working to construct and reimagine a living hydroponic system, that will offer audiences a fresh way of engaging creatively with our environment.

Katy says:

"I'm excited to be developing this project with support from the Pervasive Media Studio. The idea grew from my residency at BrisSynBio where I was exposed to the ways in which synthetic biologists wish to re-engineer aspects of nature. This, together with my experience of lockdown at my Bristol allotment, led me to reflect upon the narratives surrounding synthetic biology, soil degradation, use of finite resources and the precarity of fresh food in urban environments. I am working to construct an experimental hydroponic system and invite audiences to co-explore the relationship between nature and technology, and the value of hydroponics as both an ecological and artistic practice."


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