Climate Controlled Environmental System 002 (CCES 002) (2011)
A (GRAFT) proposition (Marissa Lee Benedict / Luis Palacios)
CCES 002 is the second in (GRAFT)'s series of mobile, climate controlled environmental systems. Constructed with reconfigured and repurposed domestic objects, CCES 002 is a living model of atmospheric symbioses. Built to recreate the ideal environmental condition of two exotic houseplants – Fockea edulis (a tuberous succulent native to South Africa) and Serissa foetida (a bonsai native to subtropical regions of Asia) – the piece speaks on both a literal and metaphorical level to systems of collaborative exchange.
While aridity and humidity are rarely experienced simultaneously in an external (natural) setting, CCES 002 reveals the basic interdependencies of climate through the principles of evaporation and condensation. Utilizing a toaster oven and two fans, water is drawn into the air by the hot, dry atmospheric conditions preferred by Fockea edulis, generating a level of humidity preferable for the adjacent Serissa foetida bonsai.
Although the basic needs of both plants are sustained through automated electronic systems, the highly sensitivity nature of the bonsai and the dictates of traditional pruning require (GRAFT) to participate in ongoing acts of manual maintenance.