Stranger to the Trees

Kat Austen


Birthed out of time

Released from baize to green

For the craic of the game

Scores of forms undefined by substance

Every chip, every rub

Does nothing to change my self, but

Is a path to surpassing

A dispersal to ubiquity

So far beyond intention

I persevere

I outlast

The transient bodies

Of those who evolve and adapt

Who incorporate

Who assimilate

We become

Something like me


Grown with, known through, time

With ancestry's ephemeral permanence

With collaborative individuality

Of cuddling cells

Crowded into bark then branches

Comprising the canopy of the tree

Who is one of the forest

Where sap synchronises with seasons

A kaleidoscopic composition

Across time and scale

But best at the edges

Flourishing in liminality

The first to enter other worlds

To commandeer

To assimilate

To become

Something like me

Stranger to the Trees is realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms EMARE program at WRO Art Center with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

Experts: Joana MacLean, Section 3.7 - Geomicrobiology, German Centre for Geoscience. Franz Hölker, Ecohydrology, Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Daniel Balanzategui, Natural Sciences Unit, German Archaeological Institute and Section 4.3 - Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution, German Centre for Geosciences. Simon Barraclough.