democratic forest (2008-2009)
DEMOCRATIC FOREST is a research with several art projects, a book and a website.
"democratic forest /dɛməˈkrætɪkfawr-ist/ by Constanze Schellow
This website is a virtual landscape architecture, shaped by the ongoing development of the project Democratic Forest.
democratic forest is an artistic research in progress. It examines different kinds of collectivities and the ways they constitute, organize, dissolve. How do they resist and attract the analytic gaze? How can patterns, movements and behaviors of crowds, masses, communities or multitudes be observed, documented or read? If we look at them or even engage ourselves physically in their seemingly self-contained logic, how does this challenge the way we normally treat them as theoretical concepts - as if they existed clearly separable from one another?
democratic forest approaches this question in different media and formats that range from choreography to photography, drawing, text or video and from studio work to book publications to field research to exhibitions. Traces of all this different entrances into the project can be found on this site. We invite you to find your own path through the growing Democratic Forest of material where getting lost and having to seek for positioning and orientation means to share one of the most productive strategies we use in building the project."
DEMOCRATIC FOREST is a research project in collaboration with Alesssandra Bergamaschi and A.Pass.
Photos by Alessandra Bergamaschi