Treelational aesthetics

“Treelational Aesthetics – In search of arboreal reciprocity: what is the human-tree relational aesthetic?” is a sung improvised dialogue with our green friends. Written and recorded in October 2019 in response to Nicholas Bourriaud’s concept of relational aesthetics.

Throughout the experience, I layered humor (for humans only?) and other provocations upon the trees’ milieu to generate a treesponse for myself, the instigator-spectator, in our microtopia. And yet, doing so in a public space means that anyone passing by might consider me to be part of a performance piece, forming a different microtopia.

Despite pauses for listening/feeling, it is not at all clear that I am capable of experiencing the trees’ responses and redirections – at least at this study’s timescale.