Platform for Research through the Arts and Sciences

climate data musical performances, see link for credits.

#trees #water #sound #music #anthropocene

Can we learn to listen to trees? And if so, do trees listen to us?

Since 2011 the project studies the water cycle of trees. It processes environmental data on sap flow from scientific research on climate change, transposing it into a musical score and enacting it collaboratively. By turning climate data into musical performances, the research draws attention to the complex water-cycling and sophisticated energy balance of trees under changing environmental conditions. Its queries are relevant for contemporary scientific research concerned with climate futures, as well as questions regarding art’s stance and the contemporary locus of its transformative power.

The project proposes that we face these challenges together.

Involved researchers: Prof. Dr. Andreas Rigling (Forest Dynamics, WSL, CH), Prof. Dr. Christoph Küffer (Institute for Landscape and Open Space, Rapperswil, CH), Dr. Gabriele Manoli (Institute of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), University College London, UCL, UK), PhD. Edward Christie (Anthropocene, University College London UCL, UK)

Involved Partners: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Instituut, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht