Nicolás Jaar and the Shock Forest Group
‘These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead.’
Chapter 2WO Public Programme
Shock Forest Group (2019) is an international research team consisting of architects, cartographers, linguists, coders, urban planners, sound makers, biologists, designers and engineers. It is an experiment in open research, where the research categories surface as the research develops. It is also an experiment in alternative education, a classroom without a teacher, where learning emerges as a product of polyphony.
These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than aheadAnna Tsing
Axel Coumans (NL, 1993) is an artist and a designer. He studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology and now specialises in the inseparable connection between water and landscape. He furthers this knowledge by working, as a designer, with communities at specific locations within the Dutch landscape. His process of ‘knowing’ prioritises tangible experience over factual knowledge. For example, he conducted research on the River Rhine’s influence on the surrounding landscape.
“I use a method where I first listen to the voice of the landscape, which often manifests itself in materials, stories, communities and their interrelationships – whether these are unexpected or not. I try to translate this voice into something the public can experience. This can be in the form of a map, image, instrument, story or an onsite expedition.”