Being the Forest
a multi-sensory experience installation
During “Being the Forest” workshop series together with children we explore the natural environments of the city. We discuss and look into the history of arts to find examples of how humans depict and interact with nature. We create our own forest installation from real and imaginary ingredients, individual and collective dreams, working with diverse materials (such as paper, cardboard, clay, leafs, sticks, colours, found objects) and techniques (observing, drawing, painting, sculpting, storytelling, light installation).
The project aims to encourage children’s intuitive, experiential and holistic understanding of the natural environment, to blend sensory, imaginary and scientific approaches, to reinforce interrelationship of human and nature in the age of digital technologies. Children are naturally attentive to wonders, beauty and diversity of natural surroundings, though often they take the quality of their own living environments for granted. The project aims to raise attention and care for nature, to reconcile the world of arts, humanities and sciences in children's everyday experiences.
Traces of the forest created by children also became part of the window exhibition in Berlin-Neukölln:
Commissioned by KinderKünsteZentrum, Sep-Nov 2018
Parts of the workshop series at KinderKünsteZentrum co-created together with Varvara Polyakova and Samuele Huynh Hong.