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FORESTS

Forests by Mali Weil

ongoing

concept, design and realisation: 
Mali Weil

research consultancy:
Michele Spanò, Emanuele Coccia, Margherita Arcangeli

companions series realisation:
Isabella Micati / Manifact Weaving

photography and video:
Roberta Segata and Mali Weil

composer:
Nicola Segatta

choir:
Collegium Musicale, Tallinn

sound design:
Elettra Bargiacchi

translations:
Silvia Coppola

administration support:
Laura Rizzo
Roberta Savian

powered by:
Centrale Fies + Mali Weil

in collaboration with:
SAAL Biennaal Tallinn
PAV Torino
Fondazione per l’Architettura Torino

main supporter:
Compagnia di San Paolo nell’ambito di Ora! Produzioni di Cultura Contemporanea

and with the support of:
Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Trentino Film Commission, Fondazione Caritro

and:
i-Portunus – Creative Europe Programme of the EU

press office:
Uc Studio Roma

Mali Weil wants to thank you:
Barbara Boninsegna, Maria Chemello, Giulia Mengozzi, Dino Sommadossi, Virginia Sommadossi, Annika Üprus

Forests is built as a polyphonic process of afforestation composed of several episodes and a cluster of activities connecting artistic production and scientific research, to outline social dreaming practices.
The visual production includes the performances Forests | Recomposing held in the form of a lecture at the Trento Film Festival, Forests | Unlearning premiered withi SAAL Biennaal International Performing Arts Festival (Tallinn, EE), Forests | Experimenting presented at PAV Parco Arte Vivente in Turin.
But in addition to the performative episodes Forests also includes a 3 channels video installation Forests | Dreaming, presented for the first time at MART/Civica in Trento in 2021 and The revery alone will do an environmental installation with recorded audio for the exhibition Tree Time (MUSE Trento + Museo della Montagna Torino, 2020), as well as Companions, the prototype for a toys design collection, A full feature movie Forests | An evocation (2022, 75′) taking visual and narrative elements from the previous episodes, ends the process.

In parallel to the visual production takes place Forests | School, a nomadic and participatory program of in-depth study of the conceptual, aesthetic and political frameworks of the project. Forests | School opens temporarily by invitation in artistic spaces, academies, festivals and institutions, to freely explore the forest as a fictional, architectural or legal space.

Forests develops thanks to a network of experts from different fields (philosophy, law, design, communication, etc.), the support of many public and private institutions and different groups of teenagers.

IT
Forests si costruisce come un processo polifonico di afforestazione composto da diversi episodi e un cluster di attività che connettono produzione artistica e ricerca scientifica, per delineare pratiche di social dreaming.
Fino ad oggi sono state realizzate la produzione visiva comprende le performance Forests | Recomposing svoltasi in forma di lecture al Trento Film Festival, Forests | Unlearning che ha debuttato a SAAL Biennaal International Performing Arts Festival (Tallinn, EE), Forests | Experimenting presentata al PAV-Parco Arte Vivente di Torino.
Oltre alla parte performativa Forests comprende anche un video a 3 canali, Forests | Dreaming, presentato per la prima volta al MART / Civica nel 2021 e
 The revery alone will do un’installazione ambientale con audio registrato per la mostra Tree Time (MUSE Trento + Museo della Montagna Torino) curata da Andrea Lerda, Companions, il prototipo di una collezione di toys design. Infine il film Forests | Un’evocazione (2022),  mutuando narrazioni ed elementi visivi dai precedenti episodi, conclude il processo.

Parallelamente alla produzione visiva si articola Forests | School, un programma temporaneo e partecipato di approfondimento delle direttrici concettuali, estetiche e politiche del progetto. Forests | School apre su invito in spazi artistici, accademie, festival e istituzioni, per esplorare liberamente la foresta come spazio fictional, architettonico e giuridico.

Forests si sviluppa grazie ad un network di esperti di diversi ambiti (filosofia, diritto, design, comunicazione, etc.), una rete di istituzioni pubbliche e private e differenti gruppi di teen agers.

companions serie - Mother tree - Mali Weil

EXPERIENCE

stills from
Forests | Dreaming
3 channels video installation, 2021

Forests | Unlearning
performance, 2019/2020

ph. Mali Weil & Roberta Segata per Centrale Fies

DESIGN

Companions series
(fabric, minerals, copal)
ph. Roberta Segata

installation view
Ex Post 2 curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni
MART / Civica
2021

ph. Mali Weil
Archivio MART

THEORY

Space of this ongoing research is the forest: sum of fragile environments, juridical constructs and layered realities. Reservoir of political relationships that span from human to otherness.
Since our imagination is still held hostage to an identification of politics with an utterly model of sovereignty, seems impossible to think beyond it, nonetheless there are -and have been- many “forests moments”, where thinking the otherness it has been possible.
The forest is therefore the space where happens a defamiliarization process: it discloses that magical-linguistic principle which submits all of us to notions like institution, nature, citizenship, human.
Mixing the performative language with video, product design and audio installation, but also with more open formats, Mali Weil invites the audience to define the perimeter and -at the same time- to get lost in this research, whose edges coincide with the historical and geographical limits of the western imagination.
It isn’t about looking for a neo-romantic and ecological vision of multispecies relationships, but it’s about unlearning the political through the juridical or, in other words, the most political tool our culture produced.


Oggetto di una ricerca tutt’ora in corso, la foresta è una somma di ambienti fragili, costrutti giuridici e riserva di relazioni politiche che spaziano dall’umamo all’alterità. Nella foresta accade un processo di de-familiarizzazione che svela quel principio magico-linguistico, che ci assoggetta a nozioni comeumano, istituzione, natura, cittadinanza.

Unendo il linguaggio performativo a strumenti teorici dell’epistemologia e del design speculativo, Mali Weil invita i visitatori a partecipare alle diverse azioni perdendosi in questa ricerca, i cui confini coincidono con i limiti storici e geografici dell’immaginario politico occidentale.
La foresta, in questa prospettiva, non è solo lo spazio fisico e concettuale, che impone la ridefinizione della nozione di cittadinanza, ma è soprattutto lo stesso atto del rimettere in discussione i limiti e il significato del nostro essere cittadini a “fare foresta”.
La fictio linguistica e performativa, quindi, è premessa e risultato delle azioni proposte, che così si configurano come esperimenti per istituire zone di azione politica tramite strumenti linguistico-narrativi.
In questo movimento la foresta non è più foresta, ma una polifonia narrativa, rituale, con una duplice funzione critica e ludica, per creare mondi fittizi e “metterli al lavoro”.

RESEARCHERS AND SCHOLARS
Forests | School programs happened with the kind collaboration of:
Margherita Arcangeli (researcher in philosophy at EHESS Paris, focused on thought experiments and imagination practices)
Maurizio Balistreri (bioethics researcher and professor at Turin University)
Lucilla Barchetta (anthropologist and researcher in Urban Studies at Turin University)
Matteo Moretti (social designer and professor at Freie Universität Bozen)
Dario Giovanni Alì (journalist and founder of Kabul Magazine)
Lorenzo Pezzani (architect and researcher at Forensic Oceanography, Goldsmith London)
Enrica Rigo (professor in law philosophy at UniRoma3 and founder the Clinic of Migration and Citizenship Rights Rome)
Alessandra Sciurba (Mediterranea spokesperson, director of the Clinic of Migration and Citizenship Rights Palermo).

And for Forestare, High training course for Architecture Foundation Turin:
Mauro Agnoletti (professor at University of Florence and President Scientific Committee FAO world program on agricultural heritage)
Stefano Boeri (architect, Boeri associati studio)
Andrea Cassi (architect, studio Ratti)
Emanuele Coccia (philosopher EHESS Paris)
Maurizio Corrado (architect and essayist)
Vinciane Despret (science philosopher University of Liegi)
Michele Spanò (sociologist of law EHESS Paris)

photos from
Forests | Recomposing, lecture, Trento Film Festival, 2019

Forests | temporary school, workshop, PAV Torino, 2020