After spending two weeks in May 2018 a residency at MoKS artist-run project space in beautiful Southern Estonia, I worked with trees, video and sound recording to create a short video ‘Tree Reader’ which was presented in the group exhibition ‘WILD/METSIK’, curated by Evelyn and John Grzinich.
Inspired by the earliest entirely mechanic recording devices and gramophones, I used a simple paper cone to amplify the sound of the textures of the tree barks. When turned the other way around, the cone works as an intensifier for the eye.
Wild is a frame for self-reflection, from understanding one’s thinking and behavioral habits to discovering new roles in forms of social and cultural engagement. Wild is an exercise in observing the subtle transition zones between human activity and plant and animal habitats, from spaces of civilized management to the wilding areas of abandonment, ruins and forgotten cultivation slowly fading into the ever evolving perma-forest of life.
— text by curators Evelyn and John Grzinich