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
Bert Spaan (NL, 1982) is currently a freelance cartographer, programmer and designer at the Municipality of Amsterdam, among other places, where he is working on an open-source data portal that makes data available from and about Amsterdam. He prefers to view the world from above. He looks to the future through the prism of the past and the present. His work alternates between historical archive research and the design and programming of applications for making maps and geographic data more accessible. Alongside geography, maps, history, coding and programming, his other passion is cycling. “I’ve made many long bike rides. One day I’d like to make a map of my journeys, but for now, I can rely on my cartographic memory.”