One Tree Project

March 8, 2010 — Leave a comment

Natalie Jeremijenko’s new “One Tree(s)” art/tech/science/culture project involves planting 1,000 clones of the same tree in various places and monitoring what happens. One Tree, Jeremijenko planted genetically identical trees in various socio-economically different neighbourhoods in order to question the logic of genetic determinism. While the trees themselves feature no sensors at all, they effectively “visualize” the locative data of the contingent environment (thriving in rich areas while struggling in poor neighborhoods), thereby critiquing the construction of nature as existing outside a network of relations. However One Tree suggests that the point for Pervasive Media may to be to think more metaphorically, beyond technology design in specific, so as to understand and map the relations between technology, nature and politics. Link to One Trees website, Discuss

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