||A 48hour happening that took place between trees and ruins and welcomed aliens that had emerged beyond our (knowledge)horizons.
Organised by: Golnaz Bashiri, Rosie Benn, Athanasios Gramosis, Johanna Folkmann, Rafael Lippuner, Marko Markovic, Frédérique Neuts Leroy, Lala Nomada, Marina Rebhandl
Chair: Bernd Kräftner; in collaboration with: Brishty Alam, Valerie Deifel
Cooperation partners: Verein NESTU (Swiss-Transcarpathian Network), Bogdan Popov (Ecosololutions Forge), Rupert Seidl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna)
In the context of the annual topic 2016–18:
IN THE WOODS – IN THE WILD
From 2016–18 students of the Art&Science master’s course, University of Applied Arts Vienna, have been working on the implications of a contemporary academic discourse that aims at reframing our understanding of ‘Nature’. Artistic imaginations concerning Nature become markedly influenced by new insights of various scientific disciplines. In order to narrow down this rather broad topic, the research focused on the question of ‘what is a forest?’ Students were exposed to a multidisciplinary scientific discourse inspired by many new theoretical and practical silvicultural insights. These theoretical discussions regarding our relationship with Nature were complemented by an experiential and experimental component where students could deepen their understanding on forests through practical on-site research. For this purpose, they stayed in the forests of Transcarpathia (Ukraine) for ten days in July 2017. Together with local stakeholders (environmental state authorities, NGOs, (wood)industry, socio-cultural actors, etc.), visions and versions of what a forest ‘is’ were debated. In a second phase, the group returned to the Ukrainian forests in September 2018 to assemble its research findings, allies and questions around a plot of land in search for a latent commons.