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

Danielle Imara danielleimara at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 11:49:21 CET 2021

Re: Re: 3rd Be-coming Tree Global Live Art Event (Ruth Catlow and Max

Ruth, I am so excited by the article you shared. Such a great thought to
extend our kinship to AI. On one level, if we are imprinting the AI with
our own patterns then surely this can only lead to best outcomes in how
they develop; also for our own psyches to move on from seeing anyone or
anything as simply a tool or servant to our needs has to be an important
part of our evolution beyond hierarchical beliefs and structures. Thank you
so much for sharing. I have been looking at Robin Kimmerer, who from an
indigenous viewpoint also promotes kinship with all beings and natural

Matthew, loving the thought of your surreptitious tree-hugging. Perhaps we
should do it more openly so others feel safe to do so. Particularly now
that human hugging is so very much out of style. Am also reading Powers'
The Overstory, which is very worthwhile and inspiring.

See if you can attend Be-coming Tree tomorrow and let us know how it was
for you.

On Thu, 7 Jan 2021 at 17:05, Max Herman <maxnmherman at hotmail.com> wrote:

> 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,
> Max
> PS -- thanks for link to article on indigenous concepts in AI, will review.
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> 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.
> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326614247_Making_Kin_with_the_Machines
> 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.
> Warmly
> Ruth
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 9:13 AM Danielle Imara via NetBehaviour <
> 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*
> <https://tinyurl.com/y8n3unu3>
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