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
Simon Skatka Lindell (SE, 1989) is interested in furniture and their ability to extend us and serve our bodies and our needs. He believes in building and making as a way to generate knowledge and understanding. In his view, this also applies to the Shock Forest Group, where ideas will grow through the methodology of presence and evolvement and the development of tools and furniture that will suit and sustain this presence. Shock Forest Group is pool of very diverse and specific knowledge. “The combination of the open platform generated by art institution (Het HEM), the group of people with their different views and points of reference and the historical context of the terrain, allows us to unveil a lot of things unspoken.”