Clearcut outside of Kalbo

Clearcut

How can we use our artistic practices to think through the implications of this way of relating to nature? We take, as our starting point, a physical space, inhabiting a specific clearcut in the nearby forest. From there, we go in our own directions, together.

This research strand aimed to make craft of the physical and conceptual spaces created, on a regular basis in our region, by the forestry practice of clearcutting. Clearcutting is a fundamental method of what is referred to as “the Swedish Forestry Model”, one could argue this is one of Sweden’s largest ideological, environmental exports.

What might it might mean to make a “clearcut”, as a contemporary artist? What might we cut ourselves clearly from and to? What is contained in the desire to make a “clear cut”, the fantasy of a clean severing, a laying bare, a land prepped for renewal? Artists were invited to explore these questions and others that they brought to the site.

The felling of a tree. Exercise day 1
The felling of a tree. Exercise day 1
Building a meeting place
Building a meeting place
The felling of a tree. Exercise day 1
The inside of a beam from our barn