This World Mental Health Day,
we’d like to help people experience a moment of calm with the latest experiment from Google Arts & Culture Lab, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab
, and Google’s Wellbeing Lab.
In Rhythm Of Nature
is a digital wellbeing experience inspired by the Carl Linnaeus Flower Clock
. Linneaus was a renowned 18th century botanist and taxonomist who developed a modern system to identify, name, and classify living things. His unique garden designs captured the natural circadian rhythms of different plants that would open and close their blooms in relation to the time of the day.
In Rhythm With Nature aims to establish an intimate connection between humans and nature
through a series of beautifully crafted breathing exercises timed by the flowers opening and closing. Essentially you are breathing with flowers that open according to your time of the day.
Artist Anna Glover
has handcrafted the flower scenarios, which were later brought to life into a gaming engine, enabling users to interact and breathe with the flowers. The psychology of colors in the flower clock reflects people’s energy levels throughout the day. The soundscapes follow the Circle of Fifths, a way of organizing the 12 chromatic pitches as a sequence of perfect fifths, with a soothing effect on the mind.
Team: Aurora Straton, 1984 London, Anna Glover, Bastien Girschig, Gael Hugo