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
Pantxo Bertin (FR, 1991) is a musician, sound engineer, ex-organ player, and synthesizer and modular technician. He has a background in architecture studies (which he dropped out of to pursue music) and studied classical music for 17 years. “These two fields combined led to a big interest in sound and acoustics in different types of buildings. I’m very interested in the way we hear sounds in different kind of spaces.” He has been working with Nicolás for a plethora of acoustic and technical work for the past 2 years, and shares with him the desire to create parallels between architecture, sound, people and music. He sees these as not ‘one thing that leads to another’ but as many horizontal layers occupying a contiguous time. “I will definitely bring a lot of recording equipment to Het HEM. I like noises, I like sounds. I’m planning to record the building for hours. I am very curious about the sounds that the building makes.”