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I'll SEE





1-4-channel video with the sound

Entire-wall projections.

A surround space installation.
Each video duration: 40 sec on a loop 

Sound length: 29:31 min on a loop

(As a single video: length 4:25 min)

Year: 2022

The resolution available in UHD and HD definition, with the aspect ratio 16:9 and 4:3

​Technical support required:

1 - 4projectors, media reader 

1 - 4 speakers (sound surround system).

With collaboration with curators, this work could be displayed in other ways. 

#collective #trees #forest #workshops #meditation #self-awareness #practice-empathy #connecting-with-nature  

#drawing #nature #digitalisation #video-installation #animation #nature-sound-recording

Work will be further developed into

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. To convey dynamic connectivity, which neutralizes bias while initiating empathy and compassion, participants were asked to illustrate their innermost selves while considering the anatomical attributes of trees. These deep personal insights, which the artist has forested into a collective plantation of 110 curated selves/people, offer 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.

The primary part of the project, running for four years before the "I'll See You In the Trees" project, is the "We, Trees" workshops. Led by Nina Sumarac in collaboration with dance performing artist and yoga instructor Elena Gavriel, these workshops have encouraged people to reengage with nature through various practices of observation, movement and drawing,  that inspire reflection, imagination, and channelling, modelled on the life of trees. This synthesis aims to bridge our growing disconnect from nature, exacerbated recently by the pandemic, the virtual world, and urbanization.

Workshops We, Trees:
Nina Sumarac, Elena Gavriel


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.


Digital Afforestation: 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": Nina Sumarac in collaboration with Elena Gavriel, a professional dance artist, teacher and yoga instructor.

Photography: Constantinos Panayides 

Text: Dr Frosoulla Kofterou

Production Funding: Eugenia Francesca Soncini



Videos and sound:

1st channel (video with the sound, sample) 

2ndchannel - “- 

3rd channel - “- 

4th channel - “- 

sound sample


as one channel video:



The Contributors’ Drawings Video:

Video short about the process:

At exhibition The Forest at NeMe Arts Centre Limassol 2022:


2022  exhibition The FOREST by the Arboreal Collective, hosted by NeMe Arts Centre 25/02 - 11/03/2022. 


2022  1st prize award and a solo exhibition at The Cultural Institution Associação Estação Viva, Canelas-Estarreja, Portugal.

2022  Forest and Life Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, organized by YATOO, Gongju-si, South Korea

2022  TERRA Espacio Gallery. Curator Judit Prieto. London

2022  Rare Effect led by Arroz Estúdios & Art Progression Now Lisbon, Portugal

2022  Imagine Futures, Puntomov, Festival de Videoarte de la Facultad de Artes, Autonomous University of Mexico State UAEMEX

2022  Ikono TV, screening at COP27, The Conference of the Parties (COP), organised by the United Nations Framework Convention

           on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

2022  Art and Society, Ecology as a Collective Sculpture, The International Performance Art Festival for Ecology and Sustainable Development Cameroon. 

           Artistic Director Raphaël Christian Etongo.  Yaoundé, Cameroon

2023  The LAR Chronicles: Radical Domains of Anima, Lab for Animation Research CUT, NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol

2023  Ties That Cannot Be Unbound, Underground Art And Design (UAAD) and New Art City online gallery. Curator Zhi Ye & Xiaofan (Amy) Jiang, New York

2023  Spring Exhibition "THE END OF CAPITALISM: Point of Goodbye" Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzorić", Belgrade

2024   AiR Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria, Germany  + workshop

2024   RE: SOURCE 2.0, Artnow, The Warehouse by ITQuarter, Limassol

2024   Kre: Pí festival 2024 @ CK Záhrada, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia  +workshop 


Published in:

LandEscape magazine Biennale edition 2022  

Book Estação project publisher TRAMA BODOQUE Artes e Ofícios represented by Frederico Lopes Oliveira, Portugal, 2023




"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." Nina Sumarac

​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.

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Eugenia Francesca Soncini


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.


Further development of this project, which includes exploring the use of new media: (Augmented Reality, 3D Video Projection Mapping for Surround space Installation and 3D Virtual experience) is in the working process, with no yet specified date of finalisation.

We are open and more than grateful for offers for collaborations and production support in the realization of this mega-size project. Please contact us at

Thank you. Nina Sumarac and Arboreal Collective

More about the project and process of working:
Contributors' tree drawings.
The animation.
The sound.
Installation and presentation.

Research, References

and Links to Further Reading.

Arboreal  Collective and
The FOREST project.

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