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I realised recently that the different publications, video and research from my 'wood wide web' project were a little scattered all over the internet, so I've created an archive page where to link everything together, to find everything a littler more easily:

shanefinan.org/visual_art_page

(reposted because of a typo on the link!)

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I'm a visual working who builds digital media installations. I'm a supporter of and or (digital and physical).

I am working on projects about 'networks' (woodland, digital, human) and planning to use a platform for a project in the UK later this year.

Look forward to meeting or anyone interested in a world built on community!

I'll post some recent here to get started.

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Hello, This is the fediverse presence of the choir the Vocal Constructivists. We make unusual music. Our last project was the opera, 'Irma' by Tom Phillips.

Our current projects include doing a web installation of 'The Metaphysics of Notation' by Mark Applebaum.

In light of current events, we're exploring online performance practice and also doing youth outreach to choirs in Ireland.

#introductions

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James Donaldson's writing is just incredible:
famineanddearth.exeter.ac.uk/d

It is so of its time (1697) and religion plays a humungous role in the understanding that goes into his writing.
It's a delight to read.

#history #farming #improvement

New blog post for Newcastle University about networks of "chthonic communication", or the movement of signals underground.

blogs.ncl.ac.uk/cre/2020/07/21

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I strongly suggest turning off HTML mail completely. You don't really need anything it does, It's a massive waste of resources, and it exposes you to all manner of dodgy shite. The targeted surveillance #Superhuman does is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The first live performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona, newly reopened after coronavirus lockdowns. A string quartet gave a performance of Puccini’s Crisantemi to an audience of 2292 plants. As you can see from the pictures, it was a full house, because plants have excellent taste, obviously. The plants were later adopted by healthcare workers.

Thoughts on web trackers 

One of the things that upsets me about the over-zealous use of trackers on websites is how pointless most of them are.

I used to manage analytics for a company back in 2012 (before GDPR) and they were so meaningless I used to spend time making up assumptions about the numbers. The quantified figures give almost no information.

Targetted advertising might have value (like targeting art opportunities to artists) but by and large it is a waste of electricity.

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Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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it's out! read the latest missive, from yrs truly, chronicling some of the community & technical happenings of Secure Scuttlebutt
opencollective.com/secure-scut

now also on ssb! see %ykBS+CxyBCkNaBJz2HL+m2oyDHKWZWRsxkBQbPbPxL4=.sha256

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Hey Fedifriends! :tealheart:

I'm running a short research survey on Mastodon usage for a graduation paper on alternative social networks. Your input will hopefully help me introduce new concepts to media studies in Poland.

Please fill this survey and share with your friends, especially if you know some scholars involved in this topic!

forms.gle/NtU46rgD3VNN1nrX7

"Today, some 35 years after Stallman’s 4Fs, we can see that Free and Open Source Software is, in almost all conceivable ways, triumphant. It has won its struggles against Microsoft, it is the core of almost all smartphones, it lies at the heart of the networked world we all inhabit.
Amidst all this glory, however, there is something utterly broken about the FOSS world. In short, it is one-sided, devoid of economic rights, and an active agent in the oppression of us all."

lipu.dgold.eu/original-sin.htm

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thinkin about ghost plants

Monotropa uniflora - it grows white and can grow in darkness cause its a PARASITE and it uses fungus in the soil as a host to receive nutrients because it does not do photosynthesis on its own

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Lazy Saturday afternoon - doing a bit of work on spore: a manual for the mycelial arts.

This is part of a collaboration between Harmonic Mycology in Cape Town and the Kiez Pilz Kollektiv (KPK) in Berlin. More news to come in the weeks and months ahead.

cc: @notplants :)

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Philosophy of Forest 

What I am seeing is a lot of people who love forests, love trees, and love biodiversity, but argue over the philosophy of ecology and economy.

Some see the importance of economics and social growth, and human control over forests as crucial. Others think that we should not control any of our forests, and that wildness will save our global ecology.

I find the dichotomy of arguments from inside specialisms fascinating.

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Philosophy of Forest 

I read a book by a forester who said that trees need high level predators to protect from foragers like deer or goats. I read another book by a plant bilogist who said that our idea of a forest is shaped by our own recent human memory, and that a lot of damage from foragers might make a healthier forest than we can know.

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Philosophy of Forest 

I spoke to a Forester who derided the "Trump-style" arguments of protestors who called for more native tree planting while showing the benefits of plantations in the development of biodiversity and fungal ecology. I spoke to a forest manager of a "rewilding" native tree planting project who spoke about how plantations stifle the soil and limit the growth of other species, pushing the importance of soil health.

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Philosophy of Forest 

I spoke to a professor in fungal ecology who told me how trees and fungi rely on each other, symbiotically generating and sharing resources for one another. I spoke to a professor in Microbiology who said that that reliance is competition not collaboration, what he called "mutual parasitism", where everything competes for finite resources while acknowledging that they need one another for this.

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Philosophy of Forest 

Part of my process as an artist is dialogue. One thing I've learned from all the people I've spoken to about forests is that even among those who love trees there are differences in understanding, something I put down to learning from different schools of philosophy.

Some examples of my conversations and observations follow:

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