I'll SEE

YOU

IN THE TREES

 

work in process

Video surround space video installation

Drawing, digital processing, collective, multimedia

 

Video duration: infinitive 

Artwork, concept, installation, and digital processing:

Nina Sumarac Jablonsky

Drawings: more than 100 voluntaries.

Animation/motion research and video composing: Marinos Savva and Nicos Synnos Lab for Animation Research (LAR) Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology 

Music composition, sound design, technical surround sound mixing and technical set up for the installation: Dimitris Savva

Text: Dr Frosoulla Kofterou

Sample Sound: “Studena, Klana, Croatia” by wild_rumpus  (CC BY-SA 3.0) Creative Commons License.  Recorded by Ivo Vicic.  "Recorded in May, in Studena woodlands, Croatia. Morning at 8 h 36 min. Temp: 16C"

Technical support: Aleksandar Jotovic

For this installation is needed a surrounding space (or 4 connected walls ), 4 projectors, 4 media readers and one sound surround system.

 

 

Theme: Inspiration for the title is taken from the lyrics  “Sycamore Trees” by Angelo Badalamenti / David K. Lynch

For Carl Jung, the tree symbolized the Self, androgyny (integration and equality between the masculine and feminine principles), and individuation.

 “I 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 100 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. Within this space, the audience should feel transported from a virtual space to a conceptual one, mirroring the lived experience of walking in the forest.

To respect the individuality of each drawing participant, each tree will be shown through a virtual catalogue uploaded on the tablet displayed or as prints (size of postcards on recycling paper) displayed on the wall or as a book adjacent to the main installation

“I’ll see you in the trees” is part of "The Forest Project" by the Arboreal Collective

which will  be shown at the NeMe Arts Centre 2021/22

Project supported by

CYPRUS REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS AND YOUTH CULTURAL SERVICES

Lab for Animation Research (LAR) sponsoring the work in animation, video editing and as well procurement of the necessary technological device “The weather machine”. LAR operates within the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and aims at studying the artistic possibilities of animation.

a Private sponzor

here are 2 videos/wall projections from 4 (the other 2 are still in preparation).

 

 

 
The inspiration for this two-year project stems from my childhood fascination with trees. As a young tree hugger, whenever feeling rootless and disconnected from the world around me, I would seek to redress the balance through my woodland allies. Touching them and listening to what they had to say was a practice that grounded me in their fundamental essence. I could see myself in them and vice versa.
 

Methodology and description of the installation:

The installation consists of more parts as well different versions of the audio-video experience, which can be exhibited either as a whole or as individual solo pieces.


From the beginning of the project and for the last two years, contemporary drawing workshops were organized where participants were asked to illustrate their innermost selves using charcoal (from the burnt tree) and paper (from wood pulp) while considering the anatomical attributes of trees. With the formal approval of each participant, these drawings were collected and converted into digital images with the aim of making them the basis of this future project. please see all the trees contributors here.


By “re-planting” more than 100 tree images a “people-tree” forest was digitally composed for the work “I’ll see you in the Trees”, further enriched by collaborating with animators and sound artists to build a large-scale installation.
By collaborating with animators, the contributions took shape within an animated context enhanced by added effects of foliage moving in the breeze. This helps the audience work towards a suspension of disbelief as the 100 individually animated trees synchronise into a ‘real’ forest.


 

In collaboration with the sound engineer, audio experience lends to the piece. Nature sounds are recorded while exploring the forests around Cyprus. The audio plays an immersive role in leading the audience first through peaceful, almost meditative sounds of the spring forest heightening their spatial awareness of nature. Then, every half hour the audio changes suddenly for few minutes. While the animated forest continues to move 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. This splintering sound grows louder, followed by the alarming sounds of chainsaws cutting up the forest and a raging fire scorching the trees. The viewer's disturbance is intensified by not knowing where this horrific sound is coming from because the projected images remain unchanged. This transition is brief and ends abruptly. Sumarac thus aims to reawaken a sense of empathy and responsibility when it comes to nature and the way we interact with this fundamental and often neglected aspect of our lives. Nature is crying out for help in a language that is not always comprehensible to us in a habitual sense, yet it is one that calls to us to find new ways of listening as we work towards healing ourselves in the process.

To respect the individuality of each drawing participant, each tree will be shown through a virtual catalogue uploaded on the tablet displayed or as prints (size of postcards on recycling paper) displayed on the wall or as a book adjacent to the main installation.

 


Aims of the work:
Connecting with each other and ourselves through trees unpacks humanity’s natural discourse that denies disparate origins while celebrating an inclusive individualism. In light of this healing potential, benches are provided for viewers to take their time to immerse themselves fully and mindfully. They are encouraged to be mindful of the experience and reawaken their deep-seated connection with each other, their animated selves and the natural world.
The artist believes that in our lifetime we should plant at least one tree and adapt it so as to establish a strong direct connection with Mother Earth as a source of primary energy.