Mother Trees are the biggest trees in the forest that are connected with other trees through an intricate web of mycorrhizal fungi. These fungal threads called mycelium form a nutrient highway for carbon, water, nutrients, alarm signals and hormones, sustaining the whole forest and its extensive networked ecosystems.
Trevor Brown has designed and created a multichannel transduction system turning the sculpture into a resonating speaker. Field recordings and music have been composed in response to the sculpture, featuring tree-based instruments. Wooden flute and bass clarinet played by Trevor Brown. Yidaki played by Blak Douglas.
See the “>Opening night performance
A water duet, ‘Gapu’ composed and played on opening night of Beyond Human by Blak Douglas on yidaki and Trevor Brown on bass clarinet.
‘Within a Yolŋu Indigenous ontology, animals, rocks, winds, tides, emotions, spirits, songs and humans speak. They all have language and knowledge and Law. They all send messages; commu- nicate with each other. Country is the Aboriginal English word which encompasses this vibrant and sentient understanding of space/place which becomes bounded through its interconnectivity. Country and everything it encompasses is an active participant in the world, shaping and creating it. It is far from a passive backdrop to human experience, a scene in which humans live their lives…’
Working with and learning from Country: decentring human author-ity
Cultural Geographies 2015, Vol. 22(2) 269–283.