An Excursion into the Rainforest

Biologists, artists and Sanctuary supporters are among the participants in the Spiegelaer event at Foamlab Holland. They are hurtled head-first into the rain-forest canopy during this research report by Theun Karelse on a fieldtrip to the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary. An incomplete but detailed introduction of the workings of the rainforest, plants and parts of plants is paralleled by the hypnogogic vision of the forest in the work of cineast Werner Herzog and his navigable balloon in South America. The room is filled with a zeppelin design by Cocky Eek and the spicy smell of Indian snacks. This event resulted in a close relationship between Foamlab Holland and Shibumi Friends, the Dutch organisation supporting the Sanctuary.