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The Landing is on Friday

Event of speculative ecology


From 2016–18 students of the Art&Science master’s course, University of Applied Arts Vienna,  have been working on the implications of a contemporary academic discourse that aims at reframing our understanding of ‘Nature’. Artistic imaginations concerning Nature become markedly influenced by new insights of various scientific disciplines. In order to narrow down this rather broad topic, the research focused on the question of ‘what is a forest?’ Students were exposed to a multidisciplinary scientific discourse inspired by many new theoretical and practical silvicultural insights. These theoretical discussions regarding our relationship with Nature were complemented by an experiential and experimental component where students could deepen their understanding on forests through practical on-site research. For this purpose, they stayed in the forests of Transcarpathia (Ukraine) for ten days in July 2017. Together with local stakeholders (environmental state authorities, NGOs, (wood)industry, socio-cultural actors, etc.), visions and versions of what a forest ‘is’ were debated. In a second phase, the group returned to the Ukrainian forests in September 2018 to assemble its research findings, allies and questions around a plot of land in search for a latent commons. The 48hour happening, ‘The Landing is on Friday’, was an event of ‘speculative ecology’. It took place between trees and ruins and welcomed aliens that had emerged beyond our (knowledge)horizons.

By: Guadalupe Aldrete, Golnaz Bashiri, Rosie Benn, Else, Johanna Folkmann, Maximilian Gallo, Athanasios Gramosis, Matilde Igual Capdevila, Rafael Lippuner, Marko Markovic, Frederique Neuts, Marina Rebhandl

Chair: Bernd Kräftner; in collaboration with Brishty Alam, Valerie Deifel

Cooperation partners: Molotok (Khust rayon public organization), Bogdan Popov (Ecosololutions Forge), Rupert Seidl (University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna)

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