The Forest Echoes Back - Receiving and Transmitting Forest Conversations Through an Ecology of Listening
‘That which is shouted into the forest, the forest echoes back’, is a German proverb that means: the way you treat someone, they react to it. This research is an investigation into ways that an artistic practice can position itself within the current climate crisis. The investigation will explore recent scientific understandings of forests as interrelated communication networks of trees, plants and fungi, and seek methods to translate and communicate these revelations through an artistic practice aimed at increasing awareness and care of forests in trouble. Embracing cultural shifts away from hierarchies of the human over 'nature' the project seeks to develop a radical practice of listening that will tune into the interrelatedness of forest ecologies, past present and towards the future.