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

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 8 20:27:08 CET 2021

Hi Danielle,

I will try to attend!  The elm tree I like to visit is very large, 40 meters in diameter for the canopy and 4.5 meters circumference for the trunk.

Best regards,


From: Danielle Imara <danielleimara at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, January 8, 2021 4:49 AM
To: Max Herman <maxnmherman at hotmail.com>; ruthcatlow at gmail.com <ruthcatlow at gmail.com>; NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] 3rd Be-coming Tree Global Live Art Event

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<mailto: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,


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

From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org>> on behalf of Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>>
Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:52 AM
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>>
Cc: Ruth Catlow <ruthcatlow at gmail.com<mailto:ruthcatlow at gmail.com>>; Danielle Imara <danielleimara at gmail.com<mailto: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.

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

Insta: @danielleimara

NetBehaviour mailing list
NetBehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:NetBehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>

Co-founder & Artistic director of Furtherfield & DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab
+44 (0) 77370 02879

*I will only agree to speak at events that are racially and gender balanced.

**sending thanks<https://www.ovoenergy.com/ovo-newsroom/press-releases/2019/november/think-before-you-thank-if-every-brit-sent-one-less-thank-you-email-a-day-we-would-save-16433-tonnes-of-carbon-a-year-the-same-as-81152-flights-to-madrid.html> in advance

Furtherfield disrupts and democratises art and technology through exhibitions, labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking.

DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub

for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now.


Furtherfield is a Not-for-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered in England and Wales under the Company No.7005205.

Registered business address: Carbon Accountancy, 80-83 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://lists.netbehaviour.org/pipermail/netbehaviour/attachments/20210108/a1ff87cd/attachment.htm>

More information about the NetBehaviour mailing list