Research
How do you mea­sure the growth of your rela­tion­ships?
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?

Rela­tion­ship Plants
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.

Relationship Plants