‘A Forest Lament’ at the Botanical Garden Gent


Performance of ‘A Forest Lament’ at the book launch of Nele Buyst’s poem collection ‘CORPS, poreus‘ (published by Het Balanseer) in the Palmarium of the Botanical Garden in Gent.

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A Forest Lament – Due to climate change and century-long monoculture plantings, European forests are in despair. Trees are dying, and the ecology is changing at a rapid speed, which also affects the acoustic sphere – the forests are turning more and more silent. In A Forest Lament, we will hear a mimicry of the sonic sphere of a forest that will be created with so-called hunting calls, instruments that imitate different animal calls that are used by hunters to lure animals closer to the respective hunter’s hideout. Most of the hunting calls imitate animal calls out of fear or aggression. Deceptive sounds that tell stories about power relations in human-more-than-human interactions, false European forest imaginations and ecological grief.

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Nele Möller (°1990) is an artist and researcher working primarily in sound, video, performance, and radio. Her focus is on forest conversations, historical nature inscriptions, and listening practices. In October 2021 she started her PhD project ‘The Forest Echoes Back’ at KU Leuven/LUCA Schoof of Arts Brussels, under supervision of Wendy Morris and embedded in the research cluster Deep Histories Fragile Memories.