INPUT FIELD FORM #2 by Ursula Endlicher
In my practice I turn code (such as HTML) into material form. By superimposing structural, system-based and interface components from the Internet over processes in
the material world (and vice versa), new perspectives on the "nature" of either world are encountered. In recent years I have been focusing especially on interfaces of
data collection, foremost HTML <input> fields... The project I have started at ChaNorth during the very inspiring "ProcessPark" Residency in April 2018 is called INPUT FIELD FORM #2
and materializes an HTML based Web-form into an agricultural layout for growing plants and serving food, creating edible HTML. The process and growth of the plants will be documented
over time, mostly via drone, which
opens new perspectives on documenting the field (and any kind of event or performance in it) by bringing the INPUT FIELD FORM back into the format of a Webpage.
In INPUT FIELD FORM #2 the HTML form - the online sign-up form on ArtSlant used for collecting data from the artists applying for Process Park - is "freed" from its original function and transcends its usual format to become an agricultural field in the landscape around the ChaNorth's Artist Residency. The INPUT FIELD FORM "garden" is structured by the Web form's functionality, and each agricultural "sub-field" therefore is dedicated to a specific functionality in the online Input Field. Instead of taking data from the "users", it is given back to them in the form of food that has grown inside the installation. The harvested plants and herbs are offered during sampling tours and used for a multi-course menu - again relating and inspired by the HTML component - for everyone who helped set up the agricultural fields, as well as participants, facilitators and friends of the residency.
DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE / TOUR SCHEDULE / FIVE-COURSE DINNER
During my ProcessPark residency in April 2018 the layout of the online artist application form for the residency has been transposed into an agricultural field in the garden area behind the back house of the ChaNorth residency buildings. The INPUT FIELD FORM covers 35ft x 21.5 ft and include 5 vegetable and herb fields measuring 8 ft x 2.75 ft each, and one field measuring 4.5ft x 2.75 ft that will house a grill or crock-pot. Fifteen different vegetables and herbs have been selected based on each online field's functionality, and feature one "main" plant (representing the funcitonality of each field) as well as so-called companion plants, supporting and protecting the growth of each "main" plant. Main plants include "Red Beets" for the Password Field, representing encrypted, hidden information by this root vegetable that grows hidden in the ground, or, for instance, the "Kohlrabi" for the Email Field (the @ symbol bears a visual similarity to the Kohlrabi with its leaves curling around the bulbous stem). And then, there's the Grill (or possibly a crock-pot) that will be housed where the Submit Button is located.
The five vegetable and herb fields are set up as raised beds in "Hügelkultur", a composting process built into the beds, consisting of decaying would, leaves, compost, and top soil to improve soil fertility and water retention, and hay as a cover to protect the seedlings. The plan is to keep the walkable areas around the fields as low grass (as found on location) to invite visitors to stroll between the fields. To protect all the the plants from being eating by rabbits and deer a fence has been built with chickenwire and wooden rods, including a door on one side.
GROWING TIMELINE / TOURS
Seedlings had sprouted indoors for several weeks and were transferred into the outdoors in the last days of April. By late June to early July some vegetables will have grown and harvesting can start. Once a month (sampling) tours through the fields will be scheduled. Please check back here soon for monthly sampling tour dates!
Around the end of June to the beginning of July INPUT FIELD FORM #2's harvest will serve as the source for a five-course-dinner event - its dishes inspired by the layout of the fields.
WRAP-UP AND OPEN SOURCE GARDENING
After this year's growing season (and starting January 2019) INPUT FIELD FORM #2 will stop being INPUT FILED FORM #2 and become a regular garden to be taken over by ChaNorth for their own gardening purposes. INPUT FIELD FORM #2 is built in the spirit of "open source gardening", and passes on its orginial layout to be changed by the next gardener's vision and needs.
This project couldn't have been built without the help of Joel Kuennen, Nora Khan, Brigitta and Peter from ChaNorth, and Chashama. Thanks for hands-on help, inspiration, and fun! Drone footage driven by Lee Day.
AND EVEN MORE INFO ON INPUT FIELD FORM...
This is the second installation in the INPUT FIELD FORM series. The first one was built in the summer 2017 during Agrikultura in Malmö/Sweden.