Bryden and his “Techno Tree”

Bryden's Techno tree

A few weeks back, we reported on 3rd year student Bryden, who is using the Tending Garden as a site to develop his project called Techno Tree.

With the help of Tending, Bryden was able to secure a small amount of funding from the Sydney University Student Union to buy some electronics for his project.

I asked Bryden to describe what he’s been up to for our readers:

Hi Lucas.
I’ve been busy of late doing bits and pieces on my weeping willows so I thought I’d write you a few lines and send through some pics of the processes, outcomes and related stuff on the Techno Tree Project.

Where I grew up on my parents property in the Blue Mountains, we had a lot of trees and open spaces to spend most of our days. There used to be a whole row of big old willow trees in the gully where our mud brick house is but most of them have since been knocked over by wind, given way under their own weight and struck by lightning. Within a matter of weeks a bunch of new sprouts would emerge from the remaining branches and the tree brings itself back to life.

Having cultivated a collection of branches from a particularly old and interesting looking Willow, I wanted to position simulated images and sound amongst the living off-cut branch in a kind of gardening-experiment media-object that pays homage to the willow tree. I also wanted to draw attention to plants, technology and human interaction between the environment and the technology we use amongst it.

Moving images as part of a sculpture seem to work really interestingly in an interactive space. Macro photographic videos of leaves, bark, branches and surrounding natural features are worked into an atmospheric soundtrack of similiar organic dimensions.

Power supply for the video, sound and light in the trees is designed so that it may be self sufficient once a solar or wind powered input is connected. For now there is a sine wave invertor and a small 12v battery providing all the power the work will need.

Talk Soon!

As an addendum, today Bryden sent through the following philosophical thought:

Hi Lucas.
Hope you’re well.
Had a little quote I wanted to shoot to you re: Techno Tree:

“When we are seeking the essence of ‘tree,’ we have to become aware that what pervades every tree, as tree, is not itself a tree that can be encountered among all the other trees”.
– Martin Heidegger

Hope you can use it on the tending blog!
Talk soon,

Wow! thanks Bryden. If anyone can help interpret this densely packed cryptic utterance from old Marty Heidegger, be our guest!

(Hint: it comes from his classic essay The Question Concerning Technology…)

on other’s involvement


The number of people taking advantage of the possibilities Tending offer are steadily growing.
Thanks to the organizational skills of Gemma, Tending recently hosted a night of performances, Agar Dish, an ongoing commitment to performative practices.
Agar Dish has been staged in several location through out the campus, allowing for the emergence, presentation, promotion and trials of various students works loosely connected by the need of audience interaction for their activation.


Great work were presented, most in developing stages, and therefore wild, not precious and playful, like the reading tent, (sorry I still don’t know who was the artist and what the title of the work would be, if there is any).
In it the artist sat and read about evolution, allowing for the public to inhabit the small, intimate construction.
Or the glass blower, who on the night, via a series of striking gestures amplified in the dark by the glare of the blowtorch, made a glass tree!


Both work’s remnants are still in the garden for people to have a look at.
I am in negotiation with the organizers to have some of the documentation shots presented here on the blog, soon to come.

Next week then Michelle will be coming to Tending with a number of disabled people from the area.
Michelle has been running gardening activities for the group from sometimes, and the possibility to have access to dirt for her group is of great advantage, as they will only have to come up Victoria Rd and down Balmain St. As local as it gets.

In the meantime yesterday on a rainy day, Lizzie and Aanya sowed what the termed ‘The Lady’s Garden’, a patch of flowers and blessings:


Finally. hot off the press, Alana Hunt just published an article about Tending, questioning the process of a growing garden.
You will find it on RealTime, see the link here