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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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“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

Acusis is a method of extending the lifespan of endangered animals by performing acupuncture on them to induce a state of torpor and decreased physiological activity. Animals under Acusis are revived every five years to reproduce with another revived animal.

Zao Renhui, a Singapore born artist based in London, has recently worked with The Institue of Critical Zoologists on a few projects, including The Ark Project.  Read More

Polyarnye Nochi

“Unforgiving and dramatic winters have often been regarded as one of Russia’s most defining characteristics. A Russian winter is redolent both of great hardship but also great beauty and for centuries it has been romanticised in the country’s painting, music and cinema. A continuation of Roberts’ exploration of contemporary Russian society and inspired by Russian cinema, Polyarnye Nochi explores the winter landscapes of Northern Russia during a period known as Polar Nights, when the region is shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day.” (from a Format Festival booklet) Read More