“Preface: dendrochronology is a science that studies the correlations between the annual growth of trees and climatic factors.”
A large clock marking time, a tale of the past written in trees. Phytochronos is a sound art installation that restores the development of plants in the form of sound.
The installation cycle is structured on a database provided by the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, the result of the analysis of Quercus pubescens trees in Fontainebleau and Angouleme (FR) over a period of 100 years. The soundscape is articulated on the basis of the inserted data, composed of a sequence of 12 strokes that gradually passes from one year to the next. The time interval between one strike and the next is determined by the data, in years when the trees have had less growth the interval is short while when the growth has been greater the interval will be longer.
The rhythmic scansion becomes space and aims to alter the perception of time of the visitor during his stay in the installation environment. A fluid, almost imperceptible beat, like a metronome, that marks the writing of the time of the plants.