IN THE TREES
4-channel video with the sound
Each video duration: 40 sec on a loop
(one) Sound length: 29:31 min in repetition
Technical support required:
4 large projectors (best cinematographic) and 4-6 loudspeakers (sound surround system). To have entire wall projections a necessary distance of the projector is 7+ m. or
with collaboration with curators, this work could be displayed in other ways.
Workshops. 'We, Trees'
Meditation, reconnection to nature.
Natural sound recording.
Work will be further developed by exploring the use of new media:
3D Video Projection Mapping for Surround space Installation
and 3D Virtual experience
Inspired by Angelo Badalamenti and David K. Lynch's song 'Sycamore Trees', work 'I'll See You In the Trees' is a comparative study of people and trees, which explores humanity and its complexities within the context of nature, thus forging a path to self-realization. In a bid to convey dynamic connectivity, which neutralizes bias while initiating empathy and compassion, participants were asked to illustrate their innermost self while considering the anatomical attributes of trees. It is these deep personal insights, which the artist has forested into a collective plantation of 110 curated selves/people that offers viewers a truly polyphonous experience. Re-establishing this symbiotic connection is an attempt at saving trees and people simultaneously since both are under threat.
The work 'I'll See You in the Trees' is a large surround-space installation, with animated audio-video work projected onto the gallery's walls illuminating the darkroom using four video projectors. The immense trees cover the walls entirely, accompanied by minimal animation with the effects of foliage moving in the breeze and pre-recorded audio taken from the sounds of the forest, all to make an illusion for visitors like they are stepping into the woods. As well, benches are provided for viewers to take their time to immerse themselves fully and mindfully into this experience.
As a sudden action, every half-hour, the audio changes, becoming more intense and dramatic, while the animated forest remains the same and continues moving peacefully in the breeze. The transition of the sound shifts from peace and harmony to the repetitive and disturbing sound of an axe repeatedly cutting the wood growing louder, followed by the alarming sounds of chainsaws cutting up the forest and a raging fire scorching the trees as a loud awaking call.
Albina Davliatshina, Aleksandra Constantinides, Alex Welch, Andriana Nicolaou, Anna Kucherova, Antoniadou Christothea, Artemis Evlogimenou, Atos Hgeorgiou, Bee Brigitte Davies, Bonnie Chui, Bryan Clarkson, Camille Legeleux, Christine Keeble Watson, Constandinos & Tania Stavrinides, Constanitina Charalambous, Constantinos Panayides, Diana Miljuš, Eliza Patouris, Elli Papaloucas, Emilija Šumarac, Eugenia Francesca Soncini, Evis Michaelides, Farzanah Kirkup, Frosoulla Kofterou, Gabriella Norman Savva, George Nikolaou, Giovannie Presutti, Helen Savva, Heli Mangel, Irene Pavlou, Irina Buharova, Janette Charalambous, Jelena Vasić, Jen Brewster, Jesper Skov, Jessica C Vayianou, Joanna Hemingway, Julie Bond, June Doyle, Karolina Domaracka, Katie Sabry, Kiara Timm, Lavan Jeyarupalingam, Lia Petrodou, Liliana Jakovljevic Stavri, Liliy Zachariou, Lubka Mlčúchová, Maria Marcou, Maria Pavlou, Maria Schwarz Demetriou, Marija Reljić, Marinos Savva, Miki Fujiwara Pentecost, Minja Šumarac, Mirjana Miščević, Nailya Tavkaeva, Natalia Volshendorf, Natasa Katsiari, Navid Gholipour, Nearchos Ioannou, Negin Ehtesabian, Nikolas Constantinides, Nina Sumarac Jablonsky, Ola Hikari, Olga Alexeeva, Olivera Vulović Nikolou, Pamela Calver, Patricia Hitchen, Penny Zenonos, Peter Lammiman, Polydora Pericleous-Kakoulli, Rania Iakovou, Rozali Dobra, Salima Toumi, Sasha Morozova, Suzana Phialas, Silvia Brierley, Stephanie Petrou, Tania Pirilidou, Tatiana Ferahian, Tatjana Vidović, Tess Turner, Toulla Christou, Viktoria Vika, Vladimir Jablonsky, Zorica Popović, Zoritsa Mladenović and fifteen unknown contributors.
‘Planting’ of digital forest: Nina Sumarac
Animation and video editing / Motion research - collaboration:
Marinos Savva / Nicos Synnos - Lab for Animation Research (LAR) Department of the Fine Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. The Lab for Animation Research (LAR) operates as a research centre for studying art animation. Specifically, LAR operates as a lab within the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology that aims to study the artistic possibilities of animation. LAR uses a wide range of digital and “traditional” technologies and artistic practices to experiment, research and develop innovative modes of creating animation artworks.
Sound recording and composition: Dimitris Savva. Recorded in Troodos Forest, Cyprus.
Sound: 'Studena, Klana, Croatia' by Wild_Rumpus. Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA 3.0). Recorded by Ivo Vicic in May at 8:36 am, Studena woodlands, Croatia. Temp: 16C.
Workshop "We Trees" in collaboration with Elena Gavriel, a professional dance artist, teacher and yoga instructor.
Text: Dr Frosoulla Kofterou
Production Funding: Eugenia Francesca Soncin
2022 1st prize award and a solo exhibition at The Cultural Institution Associação Estação Viva, Canelas-Estarreja, Portugal.
The images of drawings of Trees, which are incorporated in the final composition, are produced at the priorly organized workshops.
The workshop ‘We Trees’ has two parts.
The first part of the workshop is done in collaboration with dance performing artist and yoga teacher Elena Gavriel. Elena guides participants using various meditation practices that focus on movement, breathwork and mindfulness, to play up the parallels between their own lives and how trees live in the context of natural elements. This synthesis aims to bridge our growing disconnect from nature, resulting in most recently from the pandemic, the virtual world and urbanization by bringing the senses back into balance.
In the second part of the workshops, Nina built on the perspectives developed in part one by asking participants to illustrate their innermost selves while considering the anatomical attributes of trees. For the drawings is used paper, burned wood and branches as an extension of human hands.
Through the whole process, the artist has aimed to encourage people to reengage with nature through practices that inspire reflection, imagination and channelling, modelled on the life of trees, by "transplanting" participants into the oldest community of beings, amplifying new pathways of thinking, being and communicating via the technological lens that has become our ‘new normal.
"A need to do the work about forests and trees stems from my childhood fascination with trees. Hugging and “talking with” trees grounded me in their fundamental essence. I could see myself in them and vice versa."
Most Special thanks to:
all those who contributed their drawings, Nicos Synnos and Eugenia Francesca Soncini for their belief and support.
Production Funding: Eugenia Francesca Soncini, Italy
Support/colaboration: Lab for Animation Research (LAR) Department of the Fine Arts, Cyprus University of Technology.
More about the project and process of working:
Contributors tree drawings.
Installation and presentation.
and Links to Further Reading.
Arboreal Collective and
The FOREST project.