Anthropogenic climate change has its root causes in over two centuries of greenhouse gases primarily produced by the first and second industrialized nations of the world. Climate change is a narrative of global data largely understood to be a driving force in social and economic changes of 21st century. Trees are the largest living things on earth; forests are often discussed as one aspect of the range of approaches necessary to sequester carbon with the potential to reduce the impacts of climate change. The experience produced by Plein Air, mediated by sensors and software, lets us hear a metaphor, a sound of one leaf / one tree breathing. Does our sense of moral duty change as we listen? The tree is commonly understood as property, as a utilitarian resource and as a non-sentient thing. The presence of trees in our daily lives and their bio-chemical agency can be construed as more public than private. Reiko Goto Collins and Tim Collins will discuss their methodology for the PLEIN AIR installations in the Mayer Gallery.
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