For The Wonder Project at Kew Gardens' wild botanical garden at Wakehurst in Sussex, Joe Acheson has created a 40-minute piece which reflects the mycorrhizal symbiosis constantly taking place between trees and fungi, connected via the root systems underground.
The trees exchange carbon from photosynthesis in return for minerals and water stored underground - they are also able to use this network to communicate information and exchange nutrients between the trees themselves, in ways in which science is only beginning to understand.
Using a spatial sound system built by Tim Southorn, sounds appear in the canopy and move down into the ground, across and up into the branches of other trees in the glade. Call-and-answer melodies swirl around the space, as the trees perform duets over the ambient hum and bass drones of the mushrooms that slowly shift around the woodland floor.
The installation takes place in a woodland glade from 6.30-9.30pm on 26-29 July and 3-6 August 2018.
Visit the Kew Wakehurst site for tickets and info.
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