shifting weights in relationships with non-human entities
Circadia primarily explores the concept of relationships towards non-humans and the idea to utilize natural processes over manmade machines in order to accomplish a task.
When we take plants indoors we prevent the plants own ability to survive simply by detaching it from a natural ecosystem. The plant with its necessities becomes dependent on our care in a matter of life and death. It depends on our will and our thoughtfulness to sustain them while on the other hand we as provider are only faintly influenced by the „actions“ of the plants. This resolves in a single sided dependency which is a tricky concept in a relationship towards another lliving entity. What happens if we transform this relation into a more balanced one? By assigning a task to the plant, which positively contributes to our own habits and needs, we can perceive a changed attitude towards the plant.
Circadia is an alarm clock which by measuring the CO2 concentration inside a dome draws conclusions about the photosynthesis intensity of the plant and can therefore predict the sunrise when the plant „awakes“. The, for most people, unavoidable morning get up on time is now dependent on the well-being of our plant. A more equal relationship by taking care of each others needs is accomplished and makes us reconsider our awareness towards non-human living entities.