via zoom
22th March 2021

This open call is addressing artists interested in joining in the realization of a collective Be-coming Tree performance, occurring via Zoom. Audience tickets include a donation to plant a rainforest tree via TreeSisters organization.

This is a live event creating a network of artists simultaneously communing with their local trees and woodlands across the globe, in accordance with local pandemic restrictions. We seek durational work which must last fully for one hour and may involve any activity, action, inaction, stillness, dance, ritual, meditation, or whatever the artist feels will express the ethos of Be-coming Tree. Be-coming Tree is a restorative ecological action creating awareness of the mutuality of all life. The initiative grows kinship with more-than-human forms of life by a heartfelt, collective and connective action of entanglement with nature.

We seek work that takes place safely outside, in nature. Each artist is responsible for ensuring they are following local pandemic restrictions. Our expectation, if there are no legal restrictions, is that other challenges of outdoor durational work such as weather, wifi, and batteries will be addressed in your proposal. We cannot accept work that involves the use of sound due to the nature of the live-streaming platform and other concerns.

We require all participants to attend an obligatory tech rehearsal for a maximum of 30 minutes so that any issues with using Zoom can be ironed out before the event. Subsequent to the event an edited video taken from live footage filmed in ‘gallery view’, mirroring forest networks, will be made available to artists.

Please note any individual documentation is the responsibility of the participating artist. So plan ahead. And be as light-hearted as you like, feel free to have some fun!

> WHEN?

TECH REHEARSAL: Saturday April 17th 2021 at 11:00 – 11:30 GMT | 12 – 12:30 CET

LIVE PERFORMANCE: Saturday April 24th 2021 at 10:45 – 11:45 GMT | 11:45 -12:45 CET

> HOW?

16 live performances with trees will happen simultaneously on a world-wide scale for one hour. The collective Be-coming Tree performance will be live-streamed via Zoom. An android or iPhone with full battery, a good cellular-data connection and Zoom app is required. Attending the Zoom Live Art event as a spectator will be available upon registration.

> GET INVOLVED

Read the instructions above carefully. Your live action will need to last without interruptions for approximately 60 min. If you would like to participate in the collective Be-coming Tree event, send the following to becomingtree@gmail.com before March 22nd at 24:00 GMT.

  • Brief description of your proposed action – 50 words max. Note: if you are included in the event, this will be used in promo materials.
  • A photo relating to your proposed action for the same purpose.
  • The geographical location of your action
  • Links to your website and social media

> TERMS

Please note that the Be-coming Tree collective performance will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), which allows for unrestricted use and distribution, even commercial, as long as attribution is given to the creator of the content. See https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

All participating artists will receive a digital copy of a short gallery-view video of the collective Be-coming Tree performance. No artist fees available. Participating in the project means the artists agree with the terms.


More info at https://www.facebook.com/becomingtree.