Hothouse is a garden of mechanical flowers that open when "watered" with the correct gesture
sequence, offering a seed copy of their plans for anyone to take. The flowers clatter, delicate and
awkward, to evoke a sense of delight and unease in their audience. Reproducible yet fragile, once any
given flower is built, it starts to decay. Each piece is recyclable or biodegradable, intended to fall to
pieces within fifty years.
Their electronics will be obsolete almost before installation is complete, their
software subject to endless change and debate in a precarious economy. They can grow only while
protected. The installation comments on “walled gardens” in intellectual property arenas, a publishing
conceit that locks allowable device software. Like hothouses, walled gardens protect at the cost of fragility. Hothouse was developed in 2016 as a Maker In Residence project kindly supported by [SteamLABS Toronto).
Grove Collective is Alex Leitch and Yifat Shaik. We are interested in the limitations and encouragements
of current technology: what kind of magic comes for free, versus what kind of magic comes from a lot of
practice. Our installation bring delight at the edge of things falling apart.