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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

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.

Light Echos is a project about time, space, light and data, created by  Aaron Koblin, founder of Google’s Data Arts Team, and Tool‘s interactive director Ben Tricklebank.

The visitors to the Curve entered a dark environment and were led through the Curve by shifting words mapped onto the gallery floor, line by line, frame by frame, as though moving in space. The journey of visitors was also tracked and further revealed at the end as abstractions.

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Not many people attended so I was among lucky few really to see the films on a big screen, as I don’t think there is many events like this. In fact I have been always on a look out for video art festivals in London but everything seems to have gone digital nowadays (with LUX being an exception on occassions). At Videovada I also attended the Analogue Video Workshop (have been looking for something like it for 7 years!!) and the demonstration of Praxis Live, which was aimed at people who had already experimented with the interactive audio-visual software before.

http://www.ovada.org.uk/videovada/

Max Richter 1921

Bruce Neuman – Clown Torture

Tony Hill – A short history of the Wheel

Ai WeiWei- Dumbass (the music video)

Karen Cytter, Video Art Manual

John Wood and Paul Harrison – The Only Other Point
http://www.carrollfletcher.com/artists/29/works/206/

Dryden Goodwin – Linear

George Barber – Waiting for Dave
http://lux.org.uk/collection/works/waiting-dave

Hito Steyerl – How not to be seen
http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2014/06/18/hito-steyerls-how-not-to-be-seen-a-fucking-didactic-educational-mov-file

Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Jens Petersen (sound designer, Sigur Ross) – English Magic
This was my favourite video, shown on Venice Biennale in 2013
https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/artanddesign/video/2013/may/29/venice-biennale-jeremy-deller-english-magic-video