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History of a Tree & Vanuit de plant gezien

Cinema Ecologica

Video collective Flatform use images, sound and music to draw a portrait of the oldest tree in Italy, which has 900 growth rings. With a flash lecture by biologist and essayist Arjen Mulder (‘As plants see it’). Giuseppe Doronzo will blow the baritone sax and sociologist Ruben Jacobs hosts a talk with Arjen Mulder, Kristine Steenbergh and Christiaan Fruneaux.

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Trees, plants, shrubs: we take them for granted, but without them there could be no human life. One tree that is testament to this is the nine-hundred-year-old Valonia oak close to the Italian town of Tricase, also known as the Oak of The Hundred Knights.

Italian art collective Flatform came up with the plan to portray the oak in a collage (24’) of pure image, sound and music. With the tree – a more-than human being – bearing witness to almost a thousand years of history, with all the accompanying human theatre, in all languages.

With a flash lecture by biologist and essayist Arjen Mulder, author of the widly praised ‘As plants see it’, on what we can learn from plants.


Giuseppe Doronzo (AVA Trio) is also visiting Eye, for a live performance on the baritone sax. As is futurologist Christaan Fruneaux (Studio Monnik), who will talk about his collaboration with graphic novel author Jan Cleijne on their futuristic imagining of an ecologically sustainable Amsterdam. Kristine Steenbergh, member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Center at the VU, explains the importance of fostering an exchange between a wide range of disciplines on the ecology.

Mulder, Steenbergh and Fruneaux will discuss the necessity of humankind no longer being opposed to nature with sociologist and writer Ruben Jacobs.

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Much in life is uncertain, but one thing is sure: climate change. Cinema Ecologica focuses on how film directors depict the relationship between humanity and the earth: from nail-biting disaster films to artistic meditations, from romantic nature experiences to astounding science fiction.

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