Municipal Systems for Autonomous Agricultural Production in Co-Opted and Non-Compliant Spaces

Municipal Systems was commissioned in 2010 by the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA as part of the growBot Garden Project (which included Sheep’s Clothing).

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Robotics technology enables us to take action at a distance, for example, the collecting of soil samples on Mars. This project is a participatory design effort to explore the creation and uses of autonomous systems for crop deployment, dispersment, tending, and harvesting as a means of remediation of existing undesignated and forgotten terrains within the city. How can organic materials be used in the reclamation and beautification of space? What technologies can we envision that could help in these efforts? How can robotics technology allow us to take action as a distance? The project explores uses and means of seed disperment within an urban environment as an art practice, an agricultural practice, a design process, and as a political act, while exploring new options for urban farming and re-wilding. Help to design, develop, and rethink new systems and tactics for remote agricultural deployment.

Municipal Systems for Autonomous Agricultural Production Within Co-opted Non-Compliant Spaces is a participatory design effort to explore the creation and uses of autonomous systems for crop deployment, dispersment, tending, and harvesting as a means of remediation of existing undesignated and forgotten terrains. How can organic materials be used in the reclamation and beautification of space? What technologies can we envision that could help in these efforts? How can robotic technology allow us to take action as a distance? The project explores uses and means of seed disperment within an urban environment as an art practice, an agricultural practice, a design process, and as a political act, while exploring new options for urban farming and re-wilding

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