[NetBehaviour] 3rd Be-coming Tree Global Live Art Event

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 7 18:05:01 CET 2021

Hi Ruth and Danielle,

I have to second the great value of trees of late.  I bought the Overstory but haven't read it yet, though a friend circulated a recent article about the real-life tree scientist Suzanne Simard who formed the basis for one of the characters.

Daily walks among the cottonwoods along the Mississippi were a great help in completing my book about the Mona Lisa in November.  Closer to home there is a giant elm, a rarity since the beetle infestations of the 70's, which I try to greet every day and when no one is watching, hug.  🙂

Very best,


PS -- thanks for link to article on indigenous concepts in AI, will review.

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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] 3rd Be-coming Tree Global Live Art Event

Thanks for sharing this Danielle,

And this prompts me to share Making Kin with the Machines, a wonderful article by Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, Archer Pechawis and Suzanne Kite.

I first came across it republished as a chapter in the (very enjoyable) Atlas of Anomalous AI<https://ignota.org/products/atlas-of-anomalous-ai> edited by Ben Vickers & K Allado-McDowel.

It proposes that indigenous protocols and customs are an expression of the best ontologies and epistemologies for healing the land and should therefore be central to all AI developments.
Drawing on a range of indigenous systems of knowledge it argues convincingly against the grave error of centering of human flourishing in Joi Ito's Resisting Reduction Manifesto<https://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/resisting-reduction/release/17>.
They argue that because knowledge is born of relationship with the land, human ethics demands disciplined and respectful making kin with all things (who are also beings) on earth - aiming for long term balance, and openness to the mystery of relating to multiple sentiences.

I think this struck me especially strongly as I have spent the winter holidays taking solace in tramping through dank woodlands and a powerful feeling of being welcomed by the society of trees that live there.


On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 9:13 AM Danielle Imara via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
Be-coming Tree

On Saturday Jan 9th 31 live artists from across the globe will interact with a chosen tree simultaneously for one hour. These durational artworks will be accessed via a shared Zoom webinar. Audiences will see artists in their landscapes in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and all over Europe on the same screen. There will be a live soundscape created from tree data via analogue synths playing throughout. Tickets (pay what you can) include a donation to plant a rainforest tree.
I am humbled by the quality of artists taking part in the event!
This entanglement with nature and technology inspires reciprocity with nature and a sense of global kinship with artists and their trees, while contributing to reforestation. Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/y8n3unu3

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