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Today, humans are interested in networks in which they are interwoven with non-human actors. The forest can be viewed as such a network where the plant and the animal meet the human. In addition, the forest is a multisensory phenomenon: a web of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations.

Johann Gottfried Herder was already aware of this and compared the forest to a choir in his poem "Der Wald und der Wanderer".

The works of various artists, who view the forest as a choir in their works, form a kind of symbiotic network in the space of the Kommunale Galerie Berlin.

This is a forest in the middle of the city where environmentalists, trees and animals come together. Herder is also recognized as a philosopher who was one of the first to value the tactile and physical nature of experience.

In the case of the exhibition “The Forest Becomes a Choir”, it is therefore a matter of feeling one's way into the forest both sensually and physically.

Curated by Prof. Dr. Marta Smolinska


Christoph Both-Asmus, Andreas Greiner, Joanna Hoffmann, georgia Krawiec, Andrei Loginov, Krzysztof Maniak, Anne Peschken and Marek Pisarsky (Urban Art), Karen Scheper

Supporting program:

Sunday 18.6. 2023 | 12:00-15:00
Culinary Walden with Dendro picnic in the Spandau Forest with georgia Krawiec
A hike with the artist through the Spandau Forest, on which the participants will find ingredients for a picnic at the edge of the forest. The goal is a clearing where a tree leaf salad is prepared and tasted in a meditative atmosphere. Registration required.
Number of participants 10

Wednesday 21.6. 2023 | 17:30
Curator introduction with Prof. Dr. Marta Smolinska

Wednesday 9.8. 2023 | 18:00
Forest activism in art Lecture by Andreas Greiner.

Wednesday 16.8.2023 | 17:30
Curator introduction with Prof. Dr. Marta Smolinska

Sunday 8/20/2023 | 15:00
Closing event with the lecture performance "Beaver Greetings" by Anne Peschken
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