Forest Bathing

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A workshop within the Machine Wilderness programme, by anthropologist Judith van der Elst.

Forest Bathing is a way of intimately moving through environments and be immersed in the many different layers of sensations and communication between the organisms in them.

In this workshop we will think and prototype technologies that can function as ‘interpretants’ to facilitate inter-species’ communications, languages we as humans for instance don’t understand and/or beyond our sensory range.
Format of the workshop: each day is divided into a theoretical and practical component.

Sign up for the entire workshop or for separate days:  –  before April 01

Max 10 participants (please include a short motivation)



Day 01 - thu 7th April:
Introduction Senses of the Land

•    Biosemiotics presentation
•    Plant communication with Claud Biemans

•    plants coming from Italy rooting in a new home in Dutch soil. (adaptation)

Day 02 - fri 8th April:
Capturing / Translation
•    Discussion and brainstorm about data and sensory information networks;
•    Testing (making) an odor capturing instrument

Forest Bathing Dinner
•    An invited dinner on Friday evening in the Park – sensory landscapes

Day 03 - sat 9th April:
Cartographies of Human Sensation
•    A sensor assisted exploration of the vegetated world in Amstelpark
•    understanding sensory richness through embodied learning
with Jonathan Reus and Sissel Marie Tonn

More details online at machinewilderness/workshops/


FoAM - Amsterdam, Witte de withstraat 122 , 1057 ZH Amsterdam , The Netherlands
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