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Plantbot Genetics

plant bot at mcmaster gallery

PlantBot 2.0: August 30-October 11, 2018

a collaborative exhibition by artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki


Exhibition Dates: August 30, 2018- October 11, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30,, 2018 from 5-7 pm with gallery talk at 6pm

Moth Survey: August 30, 2018 from 8 pm- midnight

The Survey will be conducted at Sustainable Carolina Farm and Gardens behind Green Quad

PlantBot Building Workshop: October 11, 2018 from 5.30-7.30 pm

The Workshop will take place at the Makerspace at Rhodos Fellows Living Learning Community

PlantBot 2.0 is a collaborative effort of two artists and educators, Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, who satirically look at the possible evolution of plant species through modern agricultural practices and share current scientific knowledge on the environmental and social costs of bioengineered crops. Genetically modified plants are grafted onto robotic and remote-controlled bases to become an organism with no clear heritage and no clear future. Through these humorous street interventions with robot plant hybrids, the artists aim to begin conversations about food issues. Like B-movie Godzillas, "PlantBots" are a hybrid of imagination, possibility and reality, encouraging communities to see their environments in a new way and begging the question, what will it all become? See more at

PlantBot Genetics was awarded NEA and Pulitzer Foundation Grants for exhibitions and/or programming at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Goethe Institute in Egypt, the Bach Modern in Austria, the New Gallery of Canada, and the Marfa Dialogues occurring in St. Louis.

Originally hailing from Canada, Wendy DesChene earned an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. She teaches at Auburn University in Alabama.

Jeff Schmuki was raised in Arizona and earned his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He teaches at Georgia State University.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.