La timidité des arbres

image de l'oeuvre La timidité des arbres de  Alexandre Guerre Alexandre Guerre

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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  • Forest Research Institute Malaysia
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

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