Botanica

 

 

Marino Capitanio had the pleasure of designing and directing the visuals of Botanica (Botany). A popular science project by the Deproducers that tells the wonders of the plant world.

Botanica has a heterogeneous audience and an impressive mass of information to address. The main goal was to design a varied, evolving and rigorous language, where organic elements populate grids and spaces. A language for spreading scientific data and music.

Four musicians and a scientist in a spectacular stage machine, the project includes a music album, a live show and several related productions.

The show has 11 chapters, one for each music track, based on a specific botanical plot, from ancient trees to DNA patterns. The whole live performance includes more than 30 videos for a 90′ minutes of running time.

The LP is available on iTunes and Spotify and it contains the follow tracks and topics:

Green Planet – Dendrochronology – Photosynthesis – Roots – Psychoactive Nature –  Plant Society – Global Seed Vault – Growth of a flower – Modular Vegetation – Deforestation – Botany

The research phase has spanned from old herbarium, scientific publications, fractal and generative graphics. The scientific aptitude of the project has made a significant contribution both to research and production. It was thanks to the learning the incredible level of plant intelligence that generative approach (like the video below) seemed to be one of the most appropriate for push the organic feelings in the visuals.

The collection of materials have been vast, the Biodiversity Heritage Library has been an important source of inspiration, if you’re seeking for old botanical illustration it might be worth a visit.

THE PROCESS

The production followed the organic genesis of the music, starting from sort and collect elements like plants, seeds and leaves, creating a kind of digital herbarium.

It has been particularly stimulating using a scanner for capture flowers, seeds and leaves. This tool ensure a very high resolution and allows you to create dramatic compositions, thanks to the singular source of of light and depth of field.

All the visuals are crafted using a mix of organic elements, scientific data and mechanistic processes. Driven and tied by the deep sense of poetry of the music.

During the postproduction computational design has played a crucial role in achieving unique and unexpected results, thus allowing a continuous sense of growth and evolution.

CREDITS

Botanica is a project by Deproducers, Stefano Mancuso, Aboca
Musicians: Vittorio Cosma, Max Casacci, Gianni Maroccolo, Riccardo Sinigallia
Botanist: Stefano Mancuso
Art Director & Visual Artist: Marino Capitanio

TOUR

21.03 – Roma – Auditorium Parco della Musica
22.04 – Genova – Supernova Festival
21.05 – Torino – Salone del Libro
22.07 – Firenze – Piazza Ss. Annunziata
13.12 – Brescia – Teatro Grande

check the full dates list here

For inquiries on Botanica please use the form below. Thanks for watching.

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