Photopia at the Science Gallery

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). This is our opportunity to get young adults thinking about plants as more than the source of the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Plant-like life has been around for about 3000 million years. They have witnessed the birth and death of species, have travelled across continents on the heels of explorers, seeded cultures around the world and may soon become the first species to thrive on mars. Humans have tamed them in farms, laboratories and green houses and extracted cures to epidemics as well as sources of addiction. We can only imagine what the plants of the future will look like as we race towards editable genomes, bionics and Food for All!

Interestingly, new research suggests that plants are social and problem-solving beings without self-consciousness and neuronal activity that we assume are needed for intelligence. The hidden lives of these silent and stationary beings have long been the subject of human curiosity and continues to excite our creativity today.

Science Gallery Bengaluru presents PHYTOPIA – a digital pop-up exhibition from 21 – 30 August 2020. We bring together engineers, scientists, designers, artists and biohackers to create an experience for you to explore and experiment beyond the kitchen, the lab and the farm.