How many people are in Forest Curriculum? Is it fixed, or rather a fluid format that people become affiliated with depending on the project?
There’s myself, Pujita who’s an academic based in California, and Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, who’s based between Berlin and Bangkok. We three do a lot of the legwork, organizing, et cetera, but there’s a number of us who are involved in the collective in different ways. Everyone who’s ever been part of any of our programming is free to bring it into their own spaces. We want to work against the idea of protecting intellectual property, but rather explore how to share knowledge.
We’ve been working on exhibition platforms, publications, and gatherings. Gatherings are a huge part of what we do, so Covid-19 has been a huge setback, of course. We tried to do things online last year, like a lecture workshop series, but realized that that’s never been the point of what we do because we always want to bring people together in a particular context, where you’re engaging with what’s happening locally, and how that connects to other larger historical, political, and social issues. So we decided to work in other ways and restart that series when we can meet up again.
Recently we’ve also started exhibiting as artists. We’ve just opened a new piece at the Sea Art Festival, as part of the Busan Biennale in Korea. It’s an installation of ten-meter tall flags. It’s exciting to rethink of our practice in this artist/curator way. Especially now, these things are very fluid. It’s not necessarily about the way that you view yourself, it’s more about how you want to create a context for the ideas that you’re putting out there. There were things that we wanted to explore in a way that made sense as an installation, so we went along with that.
In November 2021, we’re showing a work at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin as artists within the exhibition project Nation, Narration, Narcosis. We’re developing an installation that will function as a hosting platform. Actually, Jessika Khazrik (who also participated in Forecast 3) will take part.
I’ve been collaborating with Jessika a lot since Forecast. Last year we started an online research group called Postcolonialism—the name was kind of almost joke-y, but it also references the things we’re looking at, such as power structures, or what it means to do research within prevailing conditions. How do those conditions affect what we’re looking at? We brought together friends from all over the world, across times zones. And now we’re starting a podcast series from that research group. Jessika is developing a hosting platform for the website, we’ll launch around January.