Benedikt Groß

Avena+ Test Bed — Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes

Avena+ Test Bed explores the relationship between landscape, agriculture and digital fabrication.

With the advent of Precision Farming, agriculture has become fully mapped and will transform farming into a highly digital activity. This in combination with other changes underway in the countryside, mainly the paradigm shift from food to biogas production and various EU subsidy schemes to promote diversity, will lead to disruptive changes within the next few years for the (European) countryside. The project uses the idea of “Agricultural Printing” to explore the possibilities of digital fabrication carried over into farming. The experiment applies algorithms to partition and to create an environmentally beneficial structure in a standard biomass/energy production field.  

85% oats (Avena Sativa)
15% eleven different flowers and herbs

11.5 hectares (320 m x 920 m) in Unterwaldhausen, South Germany

Special Thanks:
Maximilian Count of Königsegg-Aulendorf
Lorenz Riegger / AGCO Corporation
Horsch Maschinen GmbH