With: Antónia Szabari & Natania Meeker, Becky Ripley & Tim Atack (Forest 404), Ersin Han Ersin (Marshmallow Laser Feast), and Ken Wu. Moderated by Puck van Dijk.
This event will be streamed live on our website, Facebook and Vimeo on May 14th, 20.00 - 22.00 CET.
You have probably seen it before: mosses that cover paving stones, rocks or trees. These are non-vascular plants, meaning they don’t have deep roots. The first land plants appeared around 470 million years ago during the Ordovicium, a geological era during which life on earth rapidly diversified. Although the world has changed an awful lot since that time, the mosses are still here to this day.
In the last few years there has been a lot of interest in ancient plant life-forms, and we are still a long ways from learning everything there is to know. In fact, it is a feat we will never achieve. Developments in science and technology gives us more and more insights into natural processes. We have found that plants and trees communicate through underground networks of fungi that transmit water, carbon, nitrogen and other information, nutriments and minerals.
What histories lie stored in trees and plants, and what can we learn from the way they have survived on Earth for millions of years? How do artists portray the lessons that plant life has to teach us?