The Telegarden
1996-97: On Exhibit at the Ars Electronica Center

Co-directors: Ken Goldberg and Joseph Santarromana (UC Irvine)
Project team: George Bekey, Steven Gentner, Rosemary Morris
Carl Sutter, Jeff Wiegley, Erich Berger

"Il faut cultiver notre jardin." Voltaire

This tele-robotic installation allows WWW users to view and interact with a remote garden filled with living plants. Members can plant, water, and monitor the progress of seedlings via the tender movements of an industrial robot arm. Internet behavior might be characterized as ``hunting and gathering''; our purpose is to consider the ``post-nomadic'' community, where survival favors those who work together.

The Telegarden was developed at the University of Southern California and went online in June 1995. In its first year at USC, over 9000 members helped cultivate. In September 1996, the Telegarden was moved to the new Ars Electronica Center in Austria where it will be on display for one year. Our thanks to AEC Director Gerfreid Stocker.

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