OneTree(s) is a public experiment
that generates (material, scientific
and cultural) evidence and public spectacles on issues of environmental
and political concern. In the case of OneTrees, global warming,
quality, and genetically modified organisms (gmos) are currently
addressed. Other issues and parameters are in development.
Other public experiments include: the Feral Robotic Dogs project:
upgraded commercially robotic dog toys that have been transformed
activist instruments to find and display urban pollutants; the OOZ:
series of technological interfaces to facilitate interaction between
human and nonhumans in urban environments; HowstuffisMade: a
collectively produced encyclopedia documenting manufacturing processes
and labor conditions.
Each of these projects places evidence in the public sphere, that
otherwise only be available to particular experts, as a strategy
change the structure of participation between lay expert participants.
In other words, by widening access to material evidence, we may
the political engagement.
Additionally the OneTrees project can be contrasted to mainstream
representations of global environmental issues. The popular press
introduces these into the public imagination as scientific discoveries
and facts, with no access to the material evidence on which the
claims are based. This promotes the passive consumption of ‘facts’
the active interpretation, even contestation that we can see in
OneTrees ‘faqs’. Below, is a selection of FAQs that
addressed to the OneTrees project, demonstrating some of the complex
questions that the public viewers pose, and engage.