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
Pamela Jordan (USA, 1981) is a registered architect with a specialty in heritage conservation and sustainability. She is currently working on a PhD in the archaeology department of the University of Amsterdam. In her work, she uses sound and acoustic relationships to understand the history and meanings of places. She is curious to discover how the current sounds and silences of spaces reveal the unseen historic relationships, designs, and tensions within the terrains. “I am particularly interested in the ecologies of the place: the biological, the historical, and the ecology of how we will all work together.” About the Shock Forest Group, she says: “This kind of study is more than the physics; it will be about how sound can continue to communicate the meanings and interpretations of the space for various groups of people, both in the past and the present.”