Many of the most fundamental challenges to our culture are in the hybrid landscapes that are emerging out there. To engage with the full complexity of various territories, fieldwork has become a vital ingredient to artistic practice. Fieldwork isn't just 'being outside'. It refers to a method of exploration that is based on direct experience and open-ended experimentation starting from particular circumstances and relations. Engaging with a subject in the form of a journey has a long tradition from Chinese and Japanese scholars to Nietzsche. To dance is to know.
Some examples of fieldwork in my practice:
An observation raft built in collaboration with Timo Toots during the Wild Bits residency at MAAJAAM in Estonia to explore the underwaterworld of the pond.
A Machine Wilderness fieldwork session during Ars Bioarctica, at Kilpisjarvi Biological Research Station, with Antti Tenetz and Ian Ingram. The robot is part of an experiment in zoochory. (The dispersal of seeds and pollen by animals like wolverine, reindeer or lemmings.)
Onto the Sandmotor during a storm for the closing event of the Badgasten residency. Afterwards the public tasting of the Mammoth soup made in collaboration with experimental cook Sjim Hendrix.
An experiment in 'assisted-migration' at Nida Art Colony. Introducing a sample of three lichen species from Portugal to Lithuania as official climate refugees, in association with Neringa Forestry Department.
Default is a series of journeys following a straight line: a fold in a map of Europe. Each participant has a personal project. These images are from the journey along the fold straight across Ireland. (Behind an ancient church we found this St Brendans tree by accident covered in offerings.)
Three days of hiking followed by three days of UAV exploration of the Slovenian mountains with Marko Peljhan as past of the Resilients programme.
For Boskoi we did many fieldexcursions these are images from: a 'Cryptoforestry' walk led by Wilfried Houjebek and 'The Stomach as a Compass' walk led by Wietske Maas.