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
Paula Dooren (NL, 1992) studied Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She is a freelance furniture maker and she works in Delft at the De Oude Bibliotheek Academie for vocational training, where she develops educational games and teaches. Paula’s knowledge flows through her hands. To playfully and inquisitively reach a problem’s core, she prefers working from the form to the content. She loves making complex ideas understandable for a broad public. “I focus on discovering the best feature for the audience to interact with the subject – the point at which something becomes appealing.” She is also very interested in how things come about and develop over time. This could be how people shape an area, neighbourhood or forest so that all parties and interests are involved. Paula already has some knowledge about the Hembrugterrein: she wrote a redevelopment plan as a part of an assignment while studying Spatial Planning at the UvA.