The forestscapes project uses generative arts-based methods to recompose collections of sound materials to support a collective inquiry into forests living as cultural landscapes.
Forests and their wider ecologies are presented not only as sites of conservation and relaxation, but also as crucial infrastructures in addressing and building resilience against the effects of climate change; habitats for endangered species; hotspots of biodiversity; part of poverty alleviation programmes; sites for ecotourism, health and wellbeing; scenes of neocolonial afforestation; backdrops for corporate greenwashing; landscapes of danger, violence, destruction and resource conflicts; and places where different kinds of planetary futures may emerge. Forests are involved in collective life in many ways.
While many previous works have explored sound as a medium for sensory immersion, (e.g. field recordings), forestscapes explores how recomposing sound material may explore forests as mediatised and contested cultural landscapes: diverse sites of many different (and marginalised) kinds of beings, relations, histories and representations. All pieces featured in Seeking Connection: Living Well with Technology are new sound works.
To find out more about the project, please visit: forestscapes
Please visit Seeking Connection: Living Well with Technology to see other featured artworks.
The artists and researchers featured in the exhibition are:
Andrés Saenz de Sicilia, Anna Smith, Angela YT Chan, Desiree Foerster, Jonathan Gray, Liliana Bounegru, Kapil Yadav, Maud Borie, Samantha Day
The forestscapes project is a collaboration between the Department of Geography, the Department of Digital Humanities, the Centre for Digital Culture, the Centre for Attention Studies, the Digital Futures Institute and the Environmental Humanities Network at King’s College London together with the Public Data Lab, with support from the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council.