The nice people from the Smart Forest project had invited us to talk about Open Forest at their symposium in Cambridge last year. They have now made a nice podcast episode from the presentation that can be heard at their Smart Forest Radio. https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/the-forest-multiple-andrea-botero/
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Walking with SMEAR II – what did the cloud whisper to the forest canopy?
What does a sensor say when it walks into a bar a forest? And where are all the squirrels? 🐿️🌲 On November 13th, 2022 we organized another experimental walk with one of our favorite forest patches: the SMEAR II research forest in the historical Hyytiälä forestry field station in Juupajoki. If you have followed our activities… Continue reading Walking with SMEAR II – what did the cloud whisper to the forest canopy?
Bohemian walks at Uroboros Festival
Once again Chewie, from the Open Forest Collective lead an experimental forest walk through the protected landscape area of Křivoklátsko (CZ) on the 9th of October 2022. This in-person walk was part of a longer 2-days field trip organized in the framework of Uroboros festival so there were more participants this time, than the usual dog-human pair of our previous… Continue reading Bohemian walks at Uroboros Festival
Walking the green of the industrial revolution in Ouseburn (UK)
In August 2022 in Newcastle we took a group of people for two experimental, hybrid walks in the Ouseburn area followed by a co-creation of forest stories. The patch we walked is a small urban conservation area located in the Ouseburn Valley, often considered the birthplace of the industrial revolution in Newcastle. The trail goes… Continue reading Walking the green of the industrial revolution in Ouseburn (UK)
Open Forest @ Shieldfield Art Works Space (PDC2022)
Open Forest was part of the Art Exhibition Embracing Cosmologies organized around the Participatory Design Conference 2022 . The Shieldfield Art Works; a community artists’ run centre in New Castle, was a very welcoming place and we found all the other projects inspiring! During the exhibition we organized two experimental walks around the Ouseburn area… Continue reading Open Forest @ Shieldfield Art Works Space (PDC2022)
Open Forest @ Cooler Planet exhibition
An incarnation of the Open Forest installation is on display from september 17 to October 12th at the Cooler Planet exhibition (Aalto Otaniemi Campus, Espoo, Finland Väre | 2nd Floor 2, lobby), visitors can browse through existing documentation of past Open Forest walks, stories, get to know some of the forest patches and contribute their… Continue reading Open Forest @ Cooler Planet exhibition
Open Forest @ Creatures Festival in Sevilla
A tropical version of the Open Forest installation sprout at Real Fábrica de Artillería in Sevilla from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July as part of the Creatures Festival. The whole exhibition took visitors on an immersive journey through a series of twenty-two experimental productions mobilizing forms of artistic knowledge and production aiming to support reflection… Continue reading Open Forest @ Creatures Festival in Sevilla
Walking with a shrunken forest – Cerro Seco
Cerro seco area is one of the few relics of sub-xerophytic and high-altitude dry tropical forest, it almost does not look like a forest as it is quite low and surrounded by sand mines and urban dwellings. The patch is located in the southern urban limits of Bogota, in what is called Ciudad Bolivar. It… Continue reading Walking with a shrunken forest – Cerro Seco
Walking with water clouds in el Palmar
El Palmar is a private ecological reserve located in the cushioning zone of the Chingaza National Park, east of Bogotá the capital of what is known today as Colombia. The whole area is home to large extensions of native high Andean forests and paramo, water making ecosystems of importance and habitat to an incredible biodiversity.… Continue reading Walking with water clouds in el Palmar
Open Forest @ GamiForest symposium
April is a good time to share insights from feral forest walks & experimental drifts at the GamiFOREST symposium organised within the GamiFIN conference program (full program here 👀🌲). Our contribution Walking in the open forest: Playing with stories and data (Friday 29th April, 13:25 – 14:30 EEST) won the award for the best extended… Continue reading Open Forest @ GamiForest symposium
Walking with forest-gardens in Tabanoc
Bëngbe Uáman Tabanoc, is the ancestral territory of the Kamëntŝa people. It is located in what today is known as the Sibundoy Valley on the eastern edge of the southern Colombian Andes. The valley is a bowl-shaped depression 2,200 meters above sea level surrounded by steep mountains and usually covered by clouds. There is an… Continue reading Walking with forest-gardens in Tabanoc
Open Forest @ Data Vitality Exhibition
An Open Forest installation is on display at the Data Vitality: Soft Infrastructures and Economies of Knowledge exhibition at Dipoly Gallery in Espoo The exhibition takes place from 18. 11. 2021 to 14. 02. 2022 and is curated by Edel O’Reilly, Aalto University. Data Vitality explores the changing role of data in society by combining… Continue reading Open Forest @ Data Vitality Exhibition