Technology increasingly mediates our relationships with other people, particularly those who do not live nearby. Is there a way of translating these technological relationships into a more natural medium?
The Relationship Plant is a plant whose health and growth reflect the health of a human relationship. The plant begins life as a seed in a pot. The user ‘registers’ the plant to monitor a chosen relationship. The pot is connected to a supply of water and food, which is controlled by a computer that monitors your communication with a loved-one. If you communicate frequently and your relationship grows, so too the plant will grow, if you fall out and cease communicating the plant will die.