How Forests Thinkin collaboration with Chihiro Geuzebroek, Tanja Dekker, Renate Schepen and Richard Vijgen
June 10 - 18, 2023, 3500 planks, 200 long planks, 100m cotton tape, 35 XLR cables, 24 headphones, 4 iPads and 8 batteries
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Upon arrival, the visitor is welcomed by two enormous wooden pillars. By scanning the QR, the walk into the forest to the installation is accompanied from here by an audio tour. How do trees communicate with each other and with other organisms? How does the forest perceive? How does the forest think?
After a few minutes’ walk you will find seats by twenty trees and you can listen live to five listening landscapes of vibrations (via sensors) from the ground. There are microscope images at four pedestals, guided by soil expert Tanja Dekker and you will learn about what is crawling under your feet. A little further on you will find a large circle of wooden planks that keep each other in balance by being placed with the correct tension. Take a seat and listen to the last part of the audio tour where we reflect on the history of the (disturbed) relationship with the forest. The wood used for the installation comes from local sawmill and processor Islandwoods and is borrowed for the occasion and returned afterwards to become part of their circular production process again.