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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

The Hidden Life of Trees, What they Feel, How they Communicate is a book written by forester Peter Wohlleben. He speculates on how trees communicate underground via the ‘woodwide web’ and about the ‘brainlike things’ going on in trees that enable them to learn over their long lifetimes. He points to scientific research – by Aachen University, the University of British Columbia and the Max Planck Society – that he claims underpins all his vivid descriptions. Peter Wohlleben has developed his thinking over the past decade, while watching the powerful ancient beech forest he manages in the Eifel mountains of western Germany. He says that: “trees may recognise with their roots who are their friends, who are their families, where their kids are. Then they may also recognise trees that are not so welcome. There are some stumps in these old beech reservations that are alive, and there are some that are rotten, which obviously have had no contact with the roots of supporting neighbours. So perhaps they are like hermits.”

Copernicus

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme, which works to provide comprehensive monitoring of the planet from space. Copernicus is served primarily by a set of dedicated satellites, called the Sentinel families and supplemented by existing commercial and public satellites. The Sentinel satellites are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Copernicus services- atmosphere monitoring, marine environment monitoring, land monitoring, climate change, security and emergency management- some of the satellites work alone, but most are connected to ground stations and sensors. Copernicus technology creates the most detailed picture of Earth and the state of the planet, all of which is entirely open source and accessible to all. Copernicus the largest space data provider in the world, currently producing 12 terabytes per day (1 terabyte is 1000 gigabytes).

Space 4 Good

Space 4 Good is using satellite data and Earth monitoring techniques to help contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Goals. They are a group of impact-driven data scientists, urban planners, geographic information experts and remote sensing specialists, who use the data collected about our planet from space, to help deal with the terrestrial challenges we face on Earth. Starting in May 2019, they are beginning a Coders Mission, which calls for exploration into the use of artificial intelligence and space data to save and improve life on Earth.

Silence

John Cage

Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) by composer and musical innovator John Cage, is a collection of essays and presentations which attempts to capture on paper both the intellectual and stylistic creativity with which he approached his work. Silence not only included simple lectures, but also texts executed in experimental layouts, and works such as Lecture on Nothing (1949), which were composed in rhythmic structures. Throughout Silence he is offering the reader the opportunity to understand the relationship between theory and practise for themselves, and more specifically to understand the parallels between theory, practice and the experience of existence.

James Bridle

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Supplementary to the exhibition Control Syntax Rio: Monitoring the Collective Body, which ran from June 2016 to January 2017 at Het Nieuwe Instituut, there was a series of Thursday Night Live! events and lectures. James Bridle delivered a talk on the topic of the ‘End of Predictability’, bridging the relationship between tracking technologies developed for the sports field, to surveillance technologies used in the city. Starting from his essay Sneakers and Snoopers, he took the camera technology that captures the athlete's performance in the Rio Olympic stadium and then zoomed out to the scale of the city and analysed the way in which Rio will be monitored until well after the Games. Watch full documentation of the event here.