Trees are living fossils. Through their slow but gradual growth, small birches can become giants over time. However, trees grow better together in a forest than alone. A forest protects: through an underground network, trees exchange information and nutrients. But can we (mankind) recognize and perhaps even hear this exchange? Can we learn from the way trees are connected? And can we communicate with trees? In other words, can we speak about interspecies communication?
Since some years, the world is captivated by yoga, mindfulness and meditation. On a daily basis, many people meditate during group sessions or alone at home, as a way to include quiet and stillness in one’s busy life. An often-done meditation is the so called ‘tree meditation’, which is meant for grounding, and in which the meditator becomes a tree. The body becomes the bark of the tree; from the feet grow roots deep into the ground; the arms stretch out like branches that are strengthened by daylight. It’s an everyday example of the way in which we identify with trees. In the Amstelpark, everyday one can find groups meditating together between the trees of the former Floriade park. What do trees tell our subconscious in this location?
I am interested in the relation between humans and trees, and want to find a way to make this relation tangible, audible or experiential. ‘Humming Trees’ is a project in which I ask the simple question of how we relate to trees, which I will research in the context of the Amstelpark and its history as a Floriade park.