Full-day programme: In Forest Intervals / Responding to the Forest’s Call

10 September, KL 08:45 - 19:00

Welcome to a full-day public programme with the art project Forest Calling. Join us on a bus ride from Stockholm to a specific piece of forest – a public artwork. Along the way, we make a visit to an exhibition at Sörmlands museum.

When: September 10, 2020, at 8.45–19.00
Where: The bus departs from Stockholm and goes via Sörmlands museum to Forest Calling, a public artwork in Fogelstad, Julita.
Registration: Limited number of participants. Register by sending an email no later than September 1 to andria.nyberg.forshage@statenskonstrad.se The event is free but registration is required.
Language: English

Please wear durable outdoor clothes and shoes.
Bring with you a smartphone capable of connecting to the Internet over Wi-Fi.

Can you sense the Forest Calling? Let this bus ride take you through overlapping intervals of past and present futures, as we travel between a capital city, an exhibition, and a specific piece of forest – a public artwork. Through an assemblage of movements, soundtracks, histories, temporalities and relationships with other life forms, we emerge as participants and collaborators.

In Forest Intervals / Responding to the Forest’s Call is a full-day public programme engaging ecological and relational entanglements within Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzéns work Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge.

Through the project, the forest – located on the historical grounds of Fogelstad estate – is lifted out of its predetermined context and becomes a kind of resistance to the Western teleological concept of time. The forest lives on in a different temporality, where a time axis from the Fogelstad group is allowed to continue instead of being broken through clearcutting. By allowing the forest to remain, the anthropocentrically predetermined, profit-driven cyclical temporality that the forest is part of today, is instead broken.

Contributors: The Association Forest Calling: Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzén (SWE); Maria Thereza Alves (BRA); Katarina Bonnevier (SWE); Åsa Elzén (SWE); Becoming-Sensor: Natasha Myers, Ayelen Liberona and Allison Cameron (CAN); Merete Røstad (NOR); Pella Thiel (SWE)

Contributions take the form of audio lectures, soundscapes, live performance, text, and mutual activations.

The program includes a visit to the exhibition Notes on a Fallow – The Fogelstad group and earth by Åsa Elzén, curated by Joanna Nordin, at Sörmlands museum.

We are taking care to plan for the possibility of ongoing recommendations regarding covid-19, with enough room to allow for safer distances during the bus ride.

08.45 Registration at Public Art Agency Sweden, Hälsingegatan 45, 113 31 Stockholm

09.00 Interval 1 
On the bus from Stockholm, Public Art Agency Sweden, to Sörmlands museum, Nyköping
Introduction to the day by Annika Enqvist and Andria Nyberg Forshage, Public Art Agency Sweden
Pella Thiel, Rights of the Forest – rules for a wild relationship
Natasha Myers, Ayelen Liberona and Allison Cameron, Becoming Sensor: Seeding Plant-People Conspiracies for a Planthroposcene

11.00 Coffee at Sörmlands museum

11.30 Interval 2 
Through Åsa Elzén’s exhibition Notes on a Fallow – The Fogelstad group and earth at Sörmlands museum
Åsa Elzén and Joanna Nordin give an introduction to the exhibition

12.30 Lunch at Sörmlands museum

13.20 Interval 3   
Taking place in the exhibition on Transcript of a Fallow / Avskrift av en Träda (2019) by Åsa Elzén

14.00 Interval 4   
On the bus from Sörmlands museum, Nyköping to the forest, Fogelstad, Julita
Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzén, Presentation of Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge
Merete Røstad, Dancing Forests and other stories

15.30 Interval 5   
In the forest, Fogelstad, Julita
Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzén, Activation through Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge

16.30 Coffee in the forest

17.00 Interval 6   
On the bus from the forest, Fogelstad, Julita to Stockholm, Public Art Agency Sweden
Maria Thereza Alves, The Atlantic Forest: Rings of Strangulation are cultivated, the Earth Ruptures and the Hills Collapse

19.00 Arriving Stockholm, Public Art Agency Sweden

The work Forrest calling is one of twelve awarded projects within the Public Art Agency Sweden’s nationwide open call Lokala konstprojekt, in which locally engaged art projects, initiated by artists or art organisations, were invited to apply for collaboration on mutual knowledge development (2018–2020).

The public programme is produced by Public Art Agency Sweden/Annika Enqvist and Andria Nyberg Forshage in collaboration with Malin Arnell, Åsa Elzén and Joanna Nordin/Sörmlands Museum – part of Region Sörmland.