FOREST VIRUS

March to October 2019

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Digital Forest, March 2019, (screenshot of work in progress on Unity)

While studying at Concordia in Montréal, Canada, I began making a digital forest in Unity which viewers could walk through using a virtual reality headset. 

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Digital Forest, March 2019, (screenshot of work in progress on Unity)

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Digital Forest, April 2019 (camera photographs of virtual forest in Unity)

The  file was corrupted and glitches appeared inside the forest

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Digital Forest, April 2019  (camera photographs of Unity software glitching)

Trees warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network which biologists are calling the the “Wood Wide Web".

FOREST VIRUS DOCUMENTARY

I merged my glitching forest video with quotes from an article about the forest's communication system, which continually compared it to the internet, even saying that trees have their "own version of cyber crime".  

September 2019

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Forest Virus, September 2019 (screenshots of video)

FOREST VIRUS FILM

September 2019

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Forest Virus displayed at Kingston School of Art, September 2019

The subtitles occasionally slip into folklore as though delirious with the 'virus' they describe...

Subtitles alternated between each TV, imitating a conversation.

Displayed in front of a window to contrast the real trees outside and virtual trees. 

Viewers said the installation looked like a post-apocalyptic documentary simulating what trees looked like, enhanced by the old, nostalgic JVC TVs.

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Screenshots of Forest Virus Documentary, September 2019

The broken virtual forest is an inaccessible hidden place in the same way that the spiritual realm is inaccessible and hidden.

 

In this way, the virtual forest is a digital spirit realm.

WOOD WIDE WEB

Handmade hardback book, 17 x 12cm
October 2019
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‘Wood Wide Web’ is a handmade book which deliriously slips between scientific information about the forest and mystical folklores. Glitching 3D scans of nature run through the entire book, making some pages quiet and slow while others are frantic and anxious.

 

The entire narrative is in lowercase except for a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end, creating one long, meandering sentence which seamlessly blends fact with fiction. The book begins with “trees have long thoughts, long breathing and restful”, implying that the one long sentence of the book mimics one long thought of a tree. The book ends with the same phrase, making the book cyclical.

 

This cyclical element mimics nature’s cycles, but is also an eerie reminder of one of the earlier pages of the book, describing a wives tale where people who step inside mushroom rings are forced to run in circles around them for eternity.

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