WHY LISTEN TO PLANTS? A plant knows and makes worlds. It communicates.
When we regard a plant, we usually only see what’s above the surface: stems, trunks, branches, leaves, buds and flowers. But there’s so much more below ground – intricate nets of roots, radicles and fungal bodies through which water, nutrients, knowledge and community flows. Plants are always connected, always talking and listening to each other, even in the most constructed of landscapes. A plant knows and makes worlds; it is always in communication with others. Through root-listening, through practices of sharing words, time — and seeds — can we cultivate a vegetable-based consciousness?
This augmented reality sound walk uses Leah Barclay’s recordings from beneath the surface of the soil to explore the acoustic ecology of plants in response to Monica Gagliano’s new book ‘Thus Spoke the Plant’ (North Atlantic Books; released November 13, 2018).