This web page functions as a supplement to the exhibition 'No road to Hotel Bellevue' at DMW Gallery from 15 October until 21 November 02020. It's a soil that collects and compiles an ongoing archive of links to knowledge, care, philosophy, imagery and future thoughts.
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Yoko is six years old. She is giving care to 33 germinating trees. Seeds that popped up in the cracks of the streets. Without her action these seedlings would have been trampled or dried out.
She started her collection of seedlings during the lockdown in March and April 2020. This was a good time for species. These growing trees would have been overtaken by the people and stones surrounding them. She took them home and designed a plan for them.
When the plants are strong enough the six-year-old will donate them to people who need a tree. The locations of the donated trees are marked on a map she drew. She conducts the plants and builds her own forest.
Found image, context lost
Trees have been developing for 370.000.000 years. A sticky predator came to life 20.000 years ago. The world’s 7.6 billion people represent only 0.01% of all living things. Yet since the dawn of civilization, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, while livestock kept by humans overflows. The main cause of the extinction is the destruction of natural habitats by human activities, such as cutting down forests and converting land into fields for farming and industry.
Plants account for 82% of all biomass on the planet – 7,500 times more than humans. Despite humanity's supremacy, in weight terms Homo sapiens are peanuts. Viruses alone have a combined weight three times that of humans, as do worms. Fish are 12 times greater than people and fungi 200 times as large.
Wolfs in Belgium © INBO/ANB
Murder attempt on 113 oaks in Liereman, Oud-Turnhout (Belgium) © Dries Segers
A few nights ago, a murderer attacked 113 oak trees near my birthplace. These old trees were “ringed”: a complete circle cut around the trunk, 15 centimetres deep into the skin. This stops the water from circulating up and down. Eventually they'll die. The next day, volunteers came to take care of the oaks. They placed thin layers of young oak branches in between the cuts and added local moss to make a moisty connection. Afterwards, they put plastic foil over the bark. The trees look like they just came back from getting a tattoo. Hate followed by care… .
For most of the 20th century, one of the most important landmarks of central Niger was the Tree of Tenere, an acacia tree growing near a well in the middle of the desert. Once, a small grove of trees grew at this spot, but as the region’s climate grew hotter and drier, only one survived. The Tree of Tenere was, for decades, the most isolated tree on Earth.
The tree was located along a fairly busy salt caravan route, but it managed to thrive. None of its branches were ever cut for firewood, and no camel was ever allowed to eat its leaves. The region’s Touareg nomads considered it sacred, and the tree was the site of traditional ceremonial gatherings before any attempt to cross the Tenere’s vast dune sea.
Today, visitors to the Tree of Tenere only see a vaguely tree-like metal sculpture supported by a oil barrel placed where the acacia once stood. Tragically, the original tree was run down in 1973 by a Libyan truck driver. That’s right, a drunk trucker managed to collide with the only tree for 250 miles around. That takes skill. The poor tree’s carcass now rests in peace at the national museum in Niamey, Niger.
Daisugi is an ancient Japanese technique from the 14th century allows people to produce lumber without cutting down trees. The lumber produced in this method is 140% as flexible as standard cedar and 200% as dense and strong.
Edited by Paul G. Falkowski, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, and approved April 13, 2018
In the Val di Fiemme, a valley in Nothern Italy, the storm Vaia knocked over more than 13 million pinetrees in 2018. This number of trees equals the amount timber that is harvested by the industry in a year. The destruction required an immediate response from the community. There were several factors in the urgency of this effort: to prevent the wood from decaying and releasing unanticipated amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere; to safeguard the community’s livelihood; and to learn from the disaster by reintroducing a larger variety of species into the valley.
Taken from a text accompanying the exhibition 'Cambio' by designer duo Formafantasma at Serpentine Galleries, London (UK), 4th March until 17th May 02020
Zoonotic viruses such as COVID-19 come into contact with people when we encroach upon their natural habitat. The further we push into the last remaining patches of primeval forest, the more likely we will encounter new zoonotic viruses. The hunters that I observed would travel for days to catch their quarry, but their journey was greatly aided by roads and trails cut by industrial loggers. Roads provide access to these previously inaccessible regions, making controlling hunting much harder. If you build it, they will come indeed.
Roadless or intact forest is the good stuff — remote, rich in biodiversity, and accessible to only the hardiest of hunters. They are also areas that we now more than ever need to be closed from the wildlife trade. In our profession, they are called Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL). Indonesia’s IFL area is bigger (32,432 km2) than the Belgium (30,689 km2).
'Protecting forests is ctritical to public health', article by Leo Bottrill, Founder and CEO of MapHubs
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