COOP ~ FOREST AS IMAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURE Exploited, Assembled, Constructed, Protected, Cared for – Projections, Relations, Definitions – Forest Operational Images from Month to Month

Seminar 1: 22 - 24 November 2022

This session in Arnhem will be dedicated to introductions of the themes of the COOP study group while finding relations between the students' individual practices and trajectories, discussing the key concepts and setting out modes of collaboration that will unfold through this study year. 


meeting, introducing, walking the constructed landscapes


the session dedicated to images


thinking and living with/through environment, TRE session with Eglė Budvytytė  




meeting, introducing, walking the constructed landscapes

MORNING 10:00 – 13:00

A conversation for opening the year dedicated to getting to know each other a bit more, continuing conversations started in the PAF assembly and setting out the plan for this year of collaboration.

All COOP tutors will be present – Egija will be leaving in the afternoon.

AFTERNOON 14:00 – 19:00

Walking in the landscapes in and around Arnhem guided by former park ranger Jeroen Glissenaar who has joined Natuurcentrum Arnhem.

The walk will work as a gradient between managed and designed Park Sonsbeek towards the forests in the outskirts of the city. 

Please bring walking shoes and waterproof jackets in case of rain!

EVENING 20:00 – 22:00

Moving Images of constructed landscapes – making the Netherlands and other infrastructures.




the session dedicated to images

MORNING 10:00 – 13:00

Atlas workshop 

We will look into Bilderatlas Mnemosyne by Aby Warburg created and unfinished  in the 1920s

Atlas of images that make visual relations and constellations by making meanings at the same time as contexts for themselves. 

By introducing the Atlas, a few more contemporary projects will be presented while setting out an assignment for the students that will have to be assembled, presented and discussed during the afternoon session.

AFTERNOON 14:00 – 19:00

Atlas workshop, assembling, presenting and discussing.

EVENING 20:00 – 22:00

What are operative images? Session dedicated to presentation of films by Harun Farocki.




thinking and living with/through environment, TRE session with Eglė Budvytytė  

MORNING 10:00 – 13:00

Extractivist relationships have colonialist histories. 

The session will consider, look into, learn from indigenous epistemologies and writing that is examining ways the reality is set out, by who, in relation to who? 

Questions to prepare for the Tremor Session led by guest tutor, artist Eglė Budvytytė and screening of her film Songs From the Compost: Mutating Bodies, Imploding Stars, 2020

AFTERNOON 14:00 – 19:00

Session with guest tutor, artist Eglė Budvytytė

The Forest and the Body: a tremor session (aka TRE ) 

and a screening of Songs From the Compost: Mutating Bodies, Imploding Stars

We understand the world better if we tremble with it. Because the world trembles every which way. It trembles organically and geologically. It also trembles with the climate.. But the world also trembles through the relations that we have with each other. 

Édouard Glissant

Stemming from Eglė’s interest in the human body and somatic practices, in recent years she has been studying the anatomy of trauma and the nervous system. This research informs the way Eglė works with the voice, sound and image; reaching beyond cognitive systems of perception, she explores their potential resonance and visceral impacts.

As part of this research, Eglė has been training to become a TRE facilitator. TRE stands for Tension, Stress & Trauma Releasing Exercises. This is a specific set of simple exercises designed to trigger involuntary movements and tremors from within the body. These involuntary tremors help to reset the balance in our nervous system, releasing stress and tension stored in the body/mind, while practiced in a safe and supported environment. TRE is a simple and gentle, yet profoundly transformative somatic practice.

As part of her presentation Eglė will guide a group of participants through this TRE practice. The session will last circa 1.5 hours, including a short introductory conversation and time for rest and integration afterwards.

You can find more information about the TRE here: 

A screening of  the film: 

Songs From the Compost: Mutating Bodies, Imploding Stars, 2020.

Eglė Budvytytė In collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Steponaitytė

The film, shot in the pine forests and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, is a hypnotic exploration of nonhuman forms of consciousness nested within symbiotic life: interdependence, surrender, death and decay. The images gradually layer, alongside intimate lyrics of a song that channels the desires of an entity shapeshifting across different genders, voices, and beyond-human embodiments. With a cast comprising mostly of local youth, the film unfolds through a specially conceived song, choreography and costumes.

Horizontality in the choreography undoes the usual verticality of human figure, unfurling her into the landscape.The performers’ bodies are sites of activity, though they’re often horizontal, pulled toward the earth and one another, moving through the forest, along the sand dunes and water. 

The song lyrics draw on the work and words of biologist Lynn Margulis, celebrating the role of bacteria in making life and the collaboration between the single-cell organisms possible, as well as concepts by the science-fiction author Octavia Butler, who employed tropes of symbiosis, mutation, and hybridity to challenge hierarchies and categorisation.

EVENING 20:00 – 22:00

Concluding conversations about what we’ve done and what will/could be prepared for the next session in Nida, January 2023. How do we continue as a group, what idea will be the spine for the COOP study group year’s work?