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Opera North - The Little Greats

A Conversation Between Trees

18 September 11 words: Alison Emm
The visualisation of the data enables the viewer to literally see the chit chat the tress are having between Brazil and England
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Currently on display at Rufford Gallery and Country Park is an exhibition that is the product of a year long project that is connecting trees and creating links between forests in England with trees in the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro.  In conjunction with the A Conversation Between Trees exhibition, Broadway are hosting a very special one-off chat with Rachel Jacobs, one of the artists behind the exhibition.

Active Ingredient, a group of Nottingham based artists, have used environmental sensors connected to mobile phones placed in trees to uncover the traces of a conversation between the tress and the results of our presence in the forests.  The data readings that they take include temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, decibel and light levels, these are then fed into computers to produce some ethereal, striking and beautiful imagery.  This visualisation of the data enables the viewer to literally see the chit chat the tress are having in a playful manner that merges art, science and technology to explore the world we live in.

Rachel will be in the Mezz Bar from 7pm to talk about the story behind the project, the technology and some of the unique collaborations which have made the transatlantic project possible.  Oh, and there’ll be some caipirinhas being served too: art and cocktails - lovely.

Rachel Jacobs of Active Ingredient will be at Broadway Mezz Bar on Thursday 22 September from 7pm.  Free entry

A Conversation Between Trees exhibition is at Rufford Gallery & Country Park until 30th October 2011

Hello Tree website

Active Ingredient website

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