If Eye Wood, Would You

‘If Eye Wood, Would You’ Northern Light Residency Exhibition, Galleri Blunk, Trondheim, Norway, 2013. Video Projection 3×2 meter. Duration: 3:06 (looped). Shorter edit (1:00”) of this video screened at the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam on 03-05-2016; Roef Festival, Amsterdam on 09-09-2016; Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag on 24-09-2016; Reykjavik International Film Festival from 29-09 till 09-10-2016; as part of ‘Ways of Seeing The Future’ at Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts AMNUA, Nanjing, China from 26-10 till 25-11-18; and as part of ‘One Minute is Eternal’, Power Station of Art Museum (PSA), Shanghai, during ‘ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair’, China from 23-10 till 24-11-19, all as part of the collection ‘Communication With The Non-Human’.

Originally part of the installation ‘Beeple, Bees Are People, Human Rights For Bees’, with its own subtitle of ‘Treeple, Trees Are People, Human Rights For Trees’. Bringing to life the artist Herbert Bayer’s birch/aspen eye collage ‘In Search of Times Past’ (1959). Inspired by Bolivia’s push for granting human rights for nature, I went on an animistic journey into the Norwegian birch forest silently filming and watching and being watched in return. The video poses questions about whether if we had a more animistic attitude and understanding of the natural world, would we relate to it in a more sentient and respectful way.