Technology and the Forest

Technology and the Forest


“… how much more elaborately wrought is the frame through which our adult eyes survey the landscape. For although we are accustomed to separate nature and human perception into two realms, they are, in fact indivisible.” Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory


Go to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and spend some time in Supernatural: Art,

Technology and the Forest.


Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest Twentieth century photography has made an important contribution to constructing the idea of the forest as natural heritage, promoting the beauty of national parks and forest landscapes. However, contemporary artists, drawing on this legacy, and working with new photo-based technologies, are bringing a critical lens to this history of representation.

Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest features contemporary photo and video-based work by artists working in British Columbia who are using technology to consider the idea of the forest as a social and cultural artefact. The exhibition explores how photographic technologies have mediated and shaped our relationship to forests and forest ecologies; and how computer generated imaging and 3D technologies are suggesting the need for a new approach to our relationship with the trees.


The curatorial team describes the exhibition in the blurb above. Consider the exhibition in the context of these remarks as well as in relation to associated issues discussed in class.


Are there any ways in which you see the course theme manifest in the art works and/or

exhibition design?

Here are some other questions that might help to orient your response to the exhibition:

What is your response to the exhibition and the curatorial and artists’ concerns?

Does a sense of ‘place’ come through in the exhibit?

Do any specific or works have a particular resonance for you? Why?

What struck you most? Why?

(Elaborate as fully as possible)

You might also like to include & consider the exhibition Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr. What are the shared and contrasting considerations of the artists and/or curatorial narratives between the two exhibits?

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