La timidité des arbres
De Alexandre Guerre installation 2017
Lie down and let yourself be rocked by this jungle.
As you listen, you will perhaps wonder about
the strange forms dancing above you. It is a rare
botanical phenomenon called “crown shyness”
brought to you here from a Malaysian jungle.
The initial purpose of this installation is to raise
awareness. Plants belong to the category of living
beings too, something we are inclined to forget.
Poorly understood by botanists, crown shyness in
trees is a phenomenon still under investigation.
An anthropomorphic term, it alludes to our human
social behavior, to our need for personal space,
to our mutual proxemic relations. Why and how
are physical distances with a stranger or someone
close established? A physical distance is very
often the translation of a psychological distance.
If trees behave socially, that implies individuals
must be conscious of their environment and of
each other. Is communication the sole preserve
of animals? Faced with a phenomenon such as
crown shyness, doubts arise.
Certain tribes that still populate the jungle have animist beliefs; for them, spirits do not just dwell in living creatures. They can be found in anything. In that case, trees would be entities, like you and me, that constantly express themselves. One just has to learn how to listen to them.
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