The Switched-On Garden

An interactive exhibition exploring the relationship between plants, music and technology.

On October 14, 2012 more than 1,200 participants joined us to wander Bartram’s Garden and connect with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurred the distinction between biological and digital worlds.

Data Garden: Duet

Musical compositions generated by the electronic impulses produced by two tropical plants. Plants’ data interpreted by humans with the help of computers are employed to organize sound into beauty perceivable by the human ear.


Sam Cusumano: Electricity for Progress

Sam Cusumano presents Electricity for Progress, an interactive educational experience in electronics.  Through direct interaction with modified children’s toys and custom circuits, Guests explore and ask questions about the common electronic objects in their world. Understand how your tools work!

King Britt

Philadelphia producer, composer, performer and curator of electronic music explores sound design, noise and ambient.

Spaceship Aloha

Philadelphia producer/composer/percussionist Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man/Need New Body) teams up with Data Garden to bring you the maiden voyage of Spaceship Aloha.


+ DJ Ryan Todd

International crate digger and electronic music producer Ryan Todd provides natural grooves on Ginko Tree Hill.


Laura Baird, Allen Crawford, Dino Lionetti (Cheap Dinosaurs), and Gretchen Lohse

Theremin, GameBoy and treated viola provide the backdrop for an essay inspired by Bartram’s Garden

Cosmic Morning

Renowned visualist and educator Don Miller presents a special lightshow that revisits the roots of modern VJ culture.