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Drifting woods

Nomination and screening of the work by Pia Rönicke
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
March 20, 18:45

The film Drifting woods by Pia Rönicke has been nominated to the New Vision category in the CPH: DOX Film Festival in Copenhagen. CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. The next edition of CPH:DOX will run from March 15 to March 26, 2023.

Inspired by biologist Suzanne Simard’s concept of network topologies, which denote the intricate interrelationships of forest ecosystems and include both human and nonhuman life forms, artist Pia Rönicke conjures a polyphonic narrative of nature as an arena for complex and conflicting forces. A network of narratives that ‘Drifting Woods’ activates through botanical studies, close observations and conversations with some of the local and visiting people who work in and with the forest. Over the last 250 years, large-scale industry has increasingly capitalised on natural resources in a process where the mapping of the forest has been singularly focused on reducing both land and trees to raw materials. Rönicke dares the opposite movement: a ‘de-mapping’ of the forest and a decentralisation of the modern gaze that always places humans as the natural centre of everything. The film ‘Drifting Woods’ is based on Pia Rönicke’s installation of the same name.

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