Silvia Leal at Jardim Botanico, Dark Forest Workshops, April 2010

How to get involved

Using mobile and web technologies, ‘A Conversation Between Trees’ provides a direct creative impetus for the public to learn about each other’s cultures, myths, sensing nature and measuring climate change. Through constructive dialogue, we aim to stimulate minds through engaging with the associations and contrasts that exist within the forest environments. Operating as a mutually beneficial live project, the public engagement alongside the project acts as a stimulus to compliment existing curriculum learning in schools, engaging the public as well as informing the artists and acting as a test bed for sensing and mobile technologies.

As part of the residency tour in 2011 we will be conducting workshops at each venue for schools, students and groups. Further activities will occur throughout each residency, details of these activities will be available on the tour website coming soon…

As part of our research residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and EME we will be developing activities for communites and visitors to our lab sessions as well as audiences remotely online.

A Learning Resource

Our long-term participatory aim is developing a strategy for engaging schools in sustained and creative collaborative dialogue. From working with schools based both within urban and forest environments and also located on opposing sides of the globe, we hope to inspire young people and inform them of the wider social, geographical and cultural impact the forests hold. By involving young people in the project, we want to create an international exchange of ideas that has a meaning to both contexts, through issues like climate change and ecology within the perceptions of each location.

This is an exchange of ideas, where the forest and the project become the impetus for the young people to develop their own investigation. We aim to integrate the data that is collected from the forest into the schools own intranet where the data can be accessed as a resource for projects to utilise. It is hoped that this project can become a springboard for crosss disciplinary learning across the areas of art, cultural studies, history and science.

We will continue to work with schools and communities in Rio De Janeiro and will be developing tools for young people to share their participation in the project across the UK and Brazil. Young people and schools will be able to gain access to the scientific data collected throughout the project, through the use of a shared online education resource (available in English and Portuguese).

More updates and information on resources for schools will be developed following the residency period in spring 2011.