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
The White Cube is our mini-museum. This climatised room enables us to present museum pieces from important collections that can function as a historical counterpart to the ideas articulated in the Chapter.
For Chapter 2WO, Nicolás Jaar planned to show Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus from 1920, as it resonates with the line of thought that shapes the programme. While the work itself is only rarely on view and too fragile to travel, Jaar documented his own journey to the Angulus Novus. The resulting film entitled Angulus Exul (2019) shows how Klee’s piece and its particular history continues to help us think about the time we live in, and the piles of debris before us.