Did you ever want to hear a tree talk? Did you ever want to feel how the water goes up the tree crones? How does the wind feel for the tree? The project of the artist and curator Natalia Fedorova is based on the idea of the Internet of Trees (IoT) verbalizing the tree sensualities. It consists of a poetry generator producing iterations based on TT and sensor data.
To be the wind for the tree
Environments are increasingly becoming technologized sites of data production. From smart cities to smart forests, digital networks are analyzing and joining up environmental processes. This commentary focuses on one such understudied smart environment, smart forests, as emerging digital infrastructures that are materializing to manage and mitigate environmental change. How does the digitalization of forests not only change understandings of these environments but also generate different practices and ontologies for addressing environmental change?
“I first analyze smart forests within the expanding area of smart environments, and then discuss five digital practices that characterize smart forests. Based on this analysis, I suggest that forests are not only becoming highly digital environments but also that forests are transforming into technologies for managing environmental change. Smart forest interventions therefore expand the scope of what could count as a technology, especially in the context of data-oriented planetary governance.” – Natalia Fedorova