Drifting woods, deserted forest. Working through space.

  • Rönicke, Pia (Forskare)



With this artistic research project, I am interested in following the perspective of traveling plants; a migration of plant life, that happens with and without human interaction. I am interested in the traces of ancient forests that are lingering below the surface, at the bottom of lakes and the woods that are moving over larger territories in an ecosystem. I would like to research different forms of organized and industrialized forests, their conditions and the impact that forestry is having on the forest community.

I am interested in examining and formulating notions of space, spatial rendering and spatial transformations within a community. Through the research I will be looking at specific sites and the use of these locations. I will study different conditions of drifting woods and deserted forests.

I am looking at how different geographical zones are surveilled and monitored, with an interest in how specific scientific methods are utilized to generate data from these zones. In resent years, remote sensing is used extensively in forestry. This practice encompass digital photogrammetry, laser scanning, radar, landscape visualization and VR. I am interested in both examining these methods and working with them as a tool in understanding how modes of representation also impact the studied subject.

One my research questions is how can social justice and land use issues be
understood within a Scandinavian context and beyond? And how can we think of land use issues and social justice when there is no longer a human body connected to the land in use? The bodies of many of the workers, once inhabiting the forest, have now been replaced by machinery. The forces of industrialization have set the workers adrift, to migrate to other forms of labor. Do we think of a social justice that is purely connected to human lives or can we define this term differently?

Another question I am interested in addressing through my practice is the body’s relation to place. How do we establish a political sphere in a specific place, if there isn't a sensuous and communicative common sphere of different bodies. In The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt relates the human life conditions to working practices and spaces of appearance, in the public and the private realm. She brings forward the importance of action, one that is defined by how subjects relate to each other in a common world.

By examining notions of community, and the ecologies of these communities, it might be possible to address some of the larger issues connected to the current crisis. I am invested in this approach as it opens the possibility of having an impact on how we see ourselves as part of a political sphere that can reformulate the conditions of common exist.
Kort titelDrifting woods, deserted forest.
StatusEj startat