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The project draws from research carried out by the pair in the oil-and-mining frontier in the Ecuadorian Amazon— one of the most biodiverse and mineral-rich regions on Earth, currently under pressure from the dramatic expansion of large-scale extraction activities. At the heart of Forest Law is a series of landmark legal cases that bring the forest to court and plead for the rights of nature. One particularly paradigmatic trial that has recently been won by the indigenous people of Sarayuku based on their cosmology of the living forest.

The project it a collaboration with Brazilian architect Paulo Tavares. It emerges from di­alogues—between us and our practices, the camera and the forest, and, most importantly, ourselves and the many people whom we encountered while traveling through Amazonia in November 2013.

Forest Law is a synchronized video projection (38 min.) shot with two cameras, a photo-text assemblage unfolding the background to these cases, and an artist book. Taken together, the collection of personal testimonies and factual evidence presented here expose the multiple dimensions of the tropical forest as a physical, legal, and cosmological entity.

Forest Law has been realized in a close reading of Michel Serres “The Natural Contract”.

The project is a commission by the Broad Art Museum at the Michigan State University. It includes the bilingual artist book Forest Law – Selva juridica.

in Live Uncertainty — Sao Paulo Biennial, opening September 10, 2016

and at the upcoming Sharjah Biennial, opening March 10, 2016

1’55 2-channel video excerpt of Franco Viteri in Sarayaku.

https://www.geobodies.org/art-and-videos/forest-law

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http://www.richardmosse.com/projects/incoming#

I was struck by the visual effect of a military thermal camera used in a video installation by an Irish artist Richard Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten. It anonimised and dehumanised the victims of Syrian crisis even further, stripping them of their individuality, presenting them as bodies and numbers in cold monochrome. Yet it also brought their aliveness out in an incomparable way. Sensitive to heat, this heavy-weight camera accentuates or invades the spirit of life and conflict more than any other technique could. Shots taken from great distances let us, the Western Audience, surveil the movements of people and events unfolding on the shores thousands of kilometers away from us.

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“Lose yourself in teamLab’s immersive lightworks. Outside on solid ground, real-world Japan takes some adjusting to. It’s quite easy to leave your mind behind amid the make-believe, where time, space and worry are dropped and imagination roams free” – Elly Parsons, Wallpaper Read More

Dawn Chorus, 2007, is a multi-screen film installation and presents 19 individuals using their own voices to recreate birdsong in everyday locations which is an accurate copy of the birdsong dawn chorus recorded in Northumberland, England. After recording the birds with multiple microphones, the individual birdsongs were slowed down to last approximately 16 times as long, which enabled the participants to imitate them, while being filmed. The films were then speeded back up to reach the true pitch of the birds, uncannily evoking similarities between bird and human vocal abilities and behaviour.