Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #36 / The Tree of Life Grows in on Itself

Image: Intersections, 2021, Pascalle Blokker Intersections, 2021, Pascalle Blokker

The history of any organism is often depicted on a family tree. Family trees usually are grown from the ground up: a single trunk branches off into many separate lineages, each branch diverging from common ancestors. But symbiosis shows us that such trees are idealized representations of the past. In reality the tree of life often grows in on itself. Species come together, fuse, and make new beings, who start again. Biologists call the coming together of branches – whether blood vessels, roots, or fungal threads – anastomosis. […] The tree of life is a twisted, tangled, pulsing entity with roots and branches meeting underground and in midair to form eccentric new fruits and hybrids.

Lynn Margulis

June 11, 2021, 14:00 CEST, click to RVSP

In ‘Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club’ we read together texts related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism and (post)anthropocene chosen from a female perspective.At the reading group we read passages together out loud and share our experiences and thoughts about the nature we live in and what it means to us. Looking beyond disciplines we create a space to learn from and with bacteria, algae, fungi, soil, multinaturalist narratives and endosymbiosis.

Come and join us with an open mind here:
What:​ The Reading Club is in English language
Where​: Online via Zoom : RVSP
When:​ Friday June 11, 2021, 14:00 CEST (sharp!)
Who:​ small group of lovely, people who would like to meet you (personal RVSP is necessary
Why:​ to read together, be inspired and meet people
Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies and the arts
Part of the DocFest Exchange at Sheffield DocFest.
In collaboration with Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur.

Image: Intersections, 2021, Pascalle Blokker

Quote: Lynn Margulis (1998) Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution, Sciencewriters, Basic Books, Amherst, Massachusetts, p. 73.