Paper Title

[2.1] The Use of Beauty: Evoking Forest Ecosystem Relationships through Installation Art in the Context of a Climate Emergency

Location

AE 263

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Esthetics | Fine Arts | Forest Biology

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

There is an urgent need to address the present climate emergency. Increasing planetary forest cover is a benign strategy for mitigating and adapting to the effect of CO2 emissions on global climate. Didactic presentation of the value of forest cover in addressing climate change can provide information, but may not induce positive emotional responses that increase a viewer’s sense of engagement with the issues. Deeper understanding of the dire situation facing the Earth may even evoke anxiety that paralyzes action. Visual art that evokes a positive emotional response can increase a viewer’s sense of engagement with the material presented, enhance learning and increase goal-oriented behavior, including motivation to act. This installation is designed to enhance viewers’ understanding of a key process supporting forest ecosystem health: nutrient sharing between trees is mediated by the underground fungal network and is supported by plant species diversity. In this installation, light moving within and between knitted tree structures will evoke the transport of photosynthetic products from the forest canopy down to tree roots and through the mycorrhizal network under the forest floor to other trees. An audio component will give information about these issues as well as evocative literary readings about trees. Three pilot projects for this installation produced initial evidence of positive engagement and good information retention over a year after viewing.

Comments

I will present the installation project with one or more brief video clips, and discuss some of the ideas underlying this work which, depending on time available, may include forest ecosystem relationships, aesthetic issues related to the concept and uses of beauty, and social practices in visual art including craftivism.

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[2.1] The Use of Beauty: Evoking Forest Ecosystem Relationships through Installation Art in the Context of a Climate Emergency

AE 263

There is an urgent need to address the present climate emergency. Increasing planetary forest cover is a benign strategy for mitigating and adapting to the effect of CO2 emissions on global climate. Didactic presentation of the value of forest cover in addressing climate change can provide information, but may not induce positive emotional responses that increase a viewer’s sense of engagement with the issues. Deeper understanding of the dire situation facing the Earth may even evoke anxiety that paralyzes action. Visual art that evokes a positive emotional response can increase a viewer’s sense of engagement with the material presented, enhance learning and increase goal-oriented behavior, including motivation to act. This installation is designed to enhance viewers’ understanding of a key process supporting forest ecosystem health: nutrient sharing between trees is mediated by the underground fungal network and is supported by plant species diversity. In this installation, light moving within and between knitted tree structures will evoke the transport of photosynthetic products from the forest canopy down to tree roots and through the mycorrhizal network under the forest floor to other trees. An audio component will give information about these issues as well as evocative literary readings about trees. Three pilot projects for this installation produced initial evidence of positive engagement and good information retention over a year after viewing.