Nicolás Jaar and the Shock Forest Group
‘These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead.’
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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
Daria Kiseleva (RU, 1989) is a graphic designer, artist and researcher. Her practice and skills are a direct outcome of her interests and research of the digital image, the politics of virtual geography and the hidden mechanisms of digital technologies. “In my practice I often explore the migration of technologies and ideas from one domain to another and the images and objects they produce. For example, from civil and cultural domains to the fields of warfare and surveillance, and vice versa, and translate it into narratives.” In 2015-16 she was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and in 2014 she graduated from the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem. About the coming research, she says: “I am interested in exploring the position of art as an interim between war and commerce, between nature and culture. In exploring the notion of local vs. global, inside vs. outside, by excavating myths and histories of the location— the forest as an island and sound proof chamber and the terrain as a secret isolated zone. I like to make juxtapositions, putting things together that don’t necessarily fit together. When you dig deeper you see that it is not so isolated.”