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
Susanna Gonzo (IT, 1990) is a linguist, recently graduated from the University of Potsdam, Germany. She is primarily concerned with writing and translation. She was involved in educational projects in Italy and in Jerusalem and worked for different art institutions in Berlin, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Her master dissertation focused on the concept of animacy and more specifically on the question of what is considered alive and capable of action and what is, instead, regarded as inert, lifeless and passive. She is interested in how these linguistic categorizations affect the way in which we think the world and interact with it. She is now developing her own research further, extending her analysis to the way in which such categorizations affect politics, race, sexuality, nutrition and more. Her aim is to conceive language as a material companion to ally with in order to create alternative narratives. “Such narratives should include the voice and the liveliness of objects, plants, air, technologies and spaces as both storytellers and protagonists, providing greater possibilities of understanding and engaging with the world.”