Hi, I’m @alexandra.lerman and I’m really excited to be part of HOXTON 253’s ART+ECOLOGY takeover series.
I’d like to introduce you to my video Tree Time (2020).
Tree Time imagines a dialogue between nature and technology unmediated by human presence. The film is shot by a drone camera in the Amazon rainforest enacting a disembodied point of view that floats through the densely compressed forest canopy. This artificial surveillance-observer envisages a different form of time: one which cannot be measured and is devoid of the narrative punctuation of seasons wherein all of the earth’s natural processes appear to unfold simultaneously.
The work’s title is informed by a series of interviews with a dendrochronologist who studies methods of tracking climate change by ‘reading’ the annual tree rings in the Amazon rainforest – ecological recordings which reveal a hidden dimension of linear time within nature itself. These organic inscriptions of detrimental human data recorded as tree rings echoes the process by which humans upload information deemed important for posterity into the cloud.
Tree Time by Alexandra Lerman
2020, 4K video, 8min
Soundtrack by Soren Roi