The Cell Tree - a conversation on tree communication

March 17, 2017

Join us at Printed Matter for the zine release of The Cell Tree, a research-based publication on cellular towers disguised as trees. Following the Telecommunications Act in 1996, thousands of these “trees" have sprung up across the US. Often unconvincing and costly, what could these towers suggest about our relationship with the telecommunications industry? How does this relate to an understanding of productive communication?

Written by Nolan Boomer and designed by Elana Schlenker, the publication uses the recent success of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees to show how people already venerate the tree as an ideal communicator. From there, it uses tree diagrams, Judeo-Christian mythology, and the visual language of Greenpeace to display the tree as a discrete node within a larger matrix of data exchange.

At 7pm, join us for a brief interview between Nolan Boomer and Paolo Yumol, a tree.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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