Introduction: The Seed
In a world where we have moved much beyond the world wide web era by stretching the limits of technology through AI and more, we have also pushed the boundaries of our planet and its fragile ecosystems. In such a context of interconnectedness — both digital and physical — human activity shows up unannounced and has an adverse environmental impact. What if we could tap into the secret conversations of the trees? What if we could be our nature? What if… ?
Wood Wide Web is a term coined by Dr. Suzanne Simard, a forest ecologist from the University of British Columbia, who describes the relationships between vegetal life via an underground, mycelium network. Our project Wood Wide Web intends to be an act of embodiment and empathy, an effort to make visible and communicate the unseen troubles and trials of endangered tree ecosystems to humans. These elder giants are the ambassadors of their own stories, as the human becomes the tree; making us embody nature. This closeness can help us understand the way nature communicates and feel what they feel, with the hope to illicit an environment of care.