Forest Encounters Glossary is in writing mode: Workshop in Graz

Photos by Nayari Castillo

During a three-day exploring workshop, the Forest Encounters Glossary starts to take shape. In search of words that define sensitive ways to approach the forest, participants will explore the Leech Forest in Graz, reacting in situ to the surroundings and using the beautiful facilities of a cabin in the middle of the forest.

The three-day program – June 5–7, 2024 – will take place at three locations: the city museum, a forestry school, and an art gallery, approaching the topic around forest encounters glossary from various perspectives and methodologies. The first day represents an approach to the objectives of Forest Encounters project and to ways of sustaining city forests; the second day is an intensive immersion day in the forestry school, coming close to multisensorial experiences around the forest; and the last day, a gathering to start systematizing the abecedary, which first letters will be part of the Wild Spots exhibition that opens on June 7, 2024 at <rotor> (see bellow).

Photos by Virginia Argarate

Forest Encounters Workshop GRAZ

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Day 1 – Graz Museum

15:00–16:00 Introduction and welcome to the Workshop and Forest Encounters Project (Daniela Brasil & Nayari Castillo)

16:00–17:30 Roundtable with the experts about maintaining, creating, and re-foresting a city forest. How do we enter sensibly a stratified and diverse territory? Examples Dušica Dražić, Kattia Miranda & Wolfgang Windisch, and Gabriela Hiti & Helene Thümmel.

17:30 Welcome Vernissage in Museum Forest

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Thursday, June 6, 2024
Day 2 – Forest School

(location Hilmteichstraße 108, 8010 Graz)

9:30–10:00 Welcoming Activity

10:00–13:00 Forest Walk (Leechwald) with City Forest expert Dr. Peter Bedenk + Forest Awareness Ritual with Pablo Bertoni

13:00–14:00 Lunch on site

14:00–16:00 Personal Experiences, constructing a collection of forest encounters (facilitator Edita Causevic)

16:00–16:30 Cafe Pause

16:30–18:30 Artistic approach to a Forest Encounter Glossary (Facilitators Reni Hofmüller, Nayari Castillo)

Friday, June 7, 2024
Day 3 <rotor> 

(location: Volksgartenstrasse 6a, Graz)

10:00–12:00 Writing Session / Wrap-up (Facilitators Virginia Argarate/Polonca Lovšin)

12:00–13:00 Final Gathering Lunch

18:00 Wild Spots, exhibition opening in <rotor>
The first results of the glossary will be visible at the exhibition; during the exhibition, the visitors can participate in the recollection of experiences for the glossary. A round table will be held later to complete and discuss the Forest Encounters Glossary.

Participating organizations in the program:

Graz Museum
<rotor> Centre for Contemporary Art
Waldschule Graz, Stadt Graz
TU Graz, Institute for Spatial Design, Faculty of Architecture
Reagenz — Space for Artistic Experiments