© Reena Katz

The Sonic Tree Ecology Project


Reena Katz


November 8 to December 8, 2007




Visual Arts
November 8 to December 8, 2007

Inhabited by wooden sculptures echoing with recorded voices, the MAI’s gallery turns into a virtual forest thanks to Reena Katz’s ingenious installation.

This award-winning sound artist’s forest features personal tree stories collected over the last three years from messages left on her Sonic Tree Hotline by callers in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Thanks to individually-controlled speakers and amplifiers built by Katz herself, visitors are invited to listen to the recordings at their leisure.

This unique project brings together Katz’s cabinet-making, sound art, and electronic design skills to create a sonic space that draws attention to the importance of trees in our lives. While encouraging us to acknowledge our relationship with nature, The Sonic Tree Ecology Project also plants seeds for reflection about the complicated issues surrounding the purchase of trees for Israel as part of the Jewish National Fund’s afforestation programme.



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