How can we perceive what is not visually tangible in the natural world? An araucaria tree, floating over a vast black space generated by a series of x y z coordinates created by a LiDAR scanner – which uses light and its reflection to reconstruct detailed 3D images destined to revolutionize the way we measure and understand changes in tree structure and forest ecosystems – is the guiding force of the intangible behind Polygonal Forest. Conceived as a virtual encounter within a temperate forest, this platform aims to explore its numerous aural, visual, biological, historical, cultural and conceptual dimensions in order to reflect on our role with relation to these ecosystems: not as external bodies, but as integral components of the rich interrelations that coexist in these natural spaces. Upon entering, visitors will be faced with four paths: an audiovisual exhibition flowing through the different forest layers, a series of educational exercises that invite us to connect with our bodily perceptions and emotions, virtual cross-cultural exchanges on art and ecology, and a varied array of digital works submitted by young creators across Chile.
Claudia Müller (CL), Elisa Balmaceda (CL), Etienne de France (FR), Gregorio Fontén (CL), Marcos Sánchez (CL)
The virtual journey this audiovisual exhibition sets us on – flowing down from the sky, onto the middle-layer forest, exploring the insides of trees, down to their roots and into the bodies of water, to finalize in an exploration of new forms of future natural elements – is a combination of visions.
Amparo Irarrázaval (CL), María Jesús Olivos (CL), Colectivo Antagonismo – Verónica Cruz, Alejandra Fuente, Mary Carmen Jaramillo (CL)
A space that seeks to reach out to visitors and engage in a remote asynchronous form, offering a series of educational exercises to awaken our curiosity, connect with our bodily perception, our environment and emotions, fostering wonder about small everyday things and a deeper connection with the non-human.
Paul Merchant (GB), Catalina Valdés (CL), Green Art Lab Alliance – Cocina CoLaboratorio, Pollinaria, Fundación Mar Adentro, Undecided Productions, Polyco Contemporary Art Initiatives, Temporary Art Platform, Yasmine Ostendorf (various countries in South America, Asia and Europe)
Bringing together art and science practitioners and cultural actors to touch upon different forms of collaboration within the field of art & ecology, visitors will be able to tap into pre-recorded encounters and navigate through an interactive visual map created within a Miró board to hear the voices of practitioners across latitudes and longitudes.
Nicole L’Huillier (CL), Cristóbal Cea (CL), Valentina Montero (CL)
Upon entering this space, visitors will be faced with multiple formats, sounds, colors, and emotions representing the results of an open call for young artists under the age of 30 conducted in July, under the premise “To Question and Reflect on the Visual Representation of a Forest”.
Presented by: Fundación Mar Adentro
Curator: Maya Errázuriz
Coordinator: Juan Pablo Vergara
Web design: Sebastián Rodríguez
Web development: Diego Alarcón
University of Bristol, Arts and Humanities Research Council
CCC – Centro de Cine y Creación
Galería patricia Ready
IF Blanco Recoleta
Green Art Lab Alliance
This project is a cooperation between the Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno de Chile and Ars Electronica.
General acknowledgements: Madeline Hurtado, Ángela Pabón, Ignacio Concha, Felipe Guarda, Álvaro Escobar, Diego Olivos.