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Selected Projects: NAVET Festival 2023

Meet the selected teams and get to know the projects they're working on as part of NAVET Festival 2023!
Update - June 2024: We are adding snapshots of each team's progress in conceptualisation and development here as well!

In December 2023, we announced 6 teams who have been shortlisted by professors at NAVET to realise the vision for their entries. The announcement was made as part of the events held at Tekniska Museet as part of NAVET Week 2023. 

Presenting the shortlisted projects that are currently working to make their visions a reality! These projects will be open to the public at Tekniska Museet, from October 2024. 

BARK: A balancing act between the artificial and nature

Thematic Picture for installation 'BARK'

Project Brief

An exploration of nature through the circus arts. Inspired by the forest's infinite curves, BARK is an innovative shape circus apparatus. Through the curves, BARK envelopes the tree, the heart of the forest. Bark, a durable strong protecting layer that is essential to the survival of the tree. What lies inside of the protecting bark? This leads us to question, what lies inside of our mind when we are in the forest? Embodying our thoughts, BARK becomes a magnifying glass that helps us discover the wonders of the forest. Through our performance we invite the audience to explore and rethink their relationship with nature.

Project Progress - Behind the Scenes!

Members of BARK performing tests with their self constructed curved-shape circus apparatus
Members of BARK performing tests with their self-constructed curved-shape circus apparatus

Project Members:

Alva Harju Jansson SKH, co-creative director, artist

Lucile Fleurial SKH, co-creative director, artist

Christine Nordqvist KTH, engineering consultant

No Tree Is An Island

Illustrative Image for the project 'No Tree Is An Island'

Project Brief

"Communication builds resilience. Explore the vital linkages of mycorrhizal networks and the pivotal role of hub trees through this interactive multimedia installation. What can hub trees teach us not only about our connection to, and treatment of, the forest but also about our connection to each other? By witnessing, interacting with and performing the communicative mechanisms of the hub trees with its following mycorrhizal network, we become inspired to revaluate how we may build bridges to one another, creating a resilient society. As the saying goes, no man is and island.”

Project Members

Klara Vedin (KTH): Research and idea development
Karl Simu (KTH): Computing and idea development
Leo Eltes (KMH): Sound and idea development
Ashwin Pherwani (KTH): Lighting Design and computing

Is Our Relationship With/To The Forest Enough?

Banner Image for Project 3

Project Members

Aymara v.Borries Bisbicus, SKH-Dance Performance, Role: Choreographer, performance-artist

Sarah Hanses, SKH-Dance Performance, Role: Choreographer, performance-artist

Malena Mogwitz, Exchange student from USN (Norway) at GIH, Role: Storywriter, Artist, Philosophical Thought Provider on Human- Nature-Relationships

Eli Ulfhammer, KMH, Role: musician & composer, visual-artist.

Gabriel Ferntoft, KMH, Role: musician & composer, designer and creator of the forest- instruments.

Biopoetic Morphing: Reforming the forest-human communication

Illustrative image and team members' names written for the project 'Biopoetic Morphing'

Project Aim

How do we communicate with the forest when we are no longer prioritizing human interests and values? How does the forest perceive us and our actions? Exploring these questions, *Biopoetic Morphing* envisions a digital slice of the forest’s intrinsic vitality, aesthetics, and values that are not usually recognized from a human-centered point of view.

A multimedia digital space is created for the forest, through which we depict the forest as a conscious being that has its own musical and visual expressions; the forest’s agency is also embodied in its interaction between visitors, while visitors make attempts to touch it. Visitors are encouraged to explore the relationship between their actions and responses from the"forest" space, spontaneously creating a state of equilibrium, thereby evoking profound reflection and contemplation on the relationship between us humans and nature.

Project Progress - Behind the Scenes!

Renders from the team's project building stages

Project Members

Xuehua Fu, KTH, Role: System engineer
Yuqing Tang, Konstfack, Role: Spatial designer, Sound designer
Jingkun Qiao, Konstfack, Role: Visual designer
Yuanyang Ren, KTH, Role: Interaction designer

Listen To The Forest/ Memories Of Forests

Illustrative image of the project "Listening to the Forest"

Project Brief

Listening to the Forest will be an audio-visual installation that explores memories of forests. It combines narratives from foresters alongside technological interpretations of the forest itself. Sensors and transducers will be used to translate vibrations and electrical signals into sound. The work aims to show how technology can be used to perceive dimensions of these diverse forests that are not directly accessible to our senses. By recording not just the sounds of the forest but also the ways humans interact with it, the project seeks to create a dialogue that explores the relationship between humans and nature, and nature in humans.

Project Members

Helena Linder Miñambres, KTH

Anna Neander, KTH

Roya Naini, KTH

Human Echoes in the Forest: An audiovisual exposition of human’s disruption to nature's equilibrium

Illustrative image for the project "Human Echoes in the Forest"

Project Brief

The interactive exhibition, ‘Human Echoes in the Forest,’ aims to illuminate the power dynamics between humanity and nature through both observant and active engagement.

Within the exhibition, a button disrupts nature’s equilibrium, serving as a symbolic representation of capitalism’s relentless pursuit at the expense of forest vitality.

Visitors are encouraged to explore nature and its disturbance using their senses, immersing themselves in the auditory and visual symphony of the forest’s breath and destruction. This installation serves as a poetic call to reflect upon the delicate balance of our coexistence with the planet and our roles in its preservation or destruction.

Project Members

Natalie Arnold, KTH, Role: Visual room's design and production.
Transforming the space into a visual representation of the forest, integrating virtual and artistic overlays to simulate the experience of walking among trees. Designing the interactive system.

Siyu Wu, KTH, Role: Auditory and interaction Designer
Design and production of the auditory room. Focusing on crafting a unique soundscape that allows visitors to experience the forest through sound. Designing the interactive system.