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

Ruth Catlow ruthcatlow at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 13:30:46 CET 2021


ha ha!
I love the idea that we should use this moment in which  hugging is
generally "out of style" to start hugging trees.

I have been very drawn to indigenous perspectives.
Last year I also recently read Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass
<https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/9780141991955?gC=5a105e8b&gclid=CjwKCAiAouD_BRBIEiwALhJH6GZ5gyqg2MYBiRmwWF4VSEANDvu-n8a0nrZlpcku-_F9NPc6UonD-BoCtA8QAvD_BwE>
which
braids "Western" botanical science with indigenous American epistomologies.
And then this astonishing All My Relations podcast
<https://www.allmyrelationspodcast.com/>created by 2 intersectional
feminist indigenous American women.
In both the book and the podcast I was initially drawn by the
chapters/episodes about language-loss and then stayed for the relational
lens on all aspects of life which resonates for me with DIWO approaches to
network culture.

I'm planning to join the tree-becoming event tomorrow. : )
Ruth

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 10:49 AM Danielle Imara <danielleimara at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Re: Re: 3rd Be-coming Tree Global Live Art Event (Ruth Catlow and Max
> Herman)
>
> 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
> forms.
>
> 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.
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on
>> behalf of Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <
>> netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>
>> *Sent:* Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:52 AM
>> *To:* NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <
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>> *Cc:* Ruth Catlow <ruthcatlow at gmail.com>; Danielle Imara <
>> danielleimara at gmail.com>
>> *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.
>>
>> 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>
>>
>>
>> www.danielleimara.com
>> Insta: @danielleimara
>> +447903684863
>>
>>
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