Smite, Rasa

Smite, Rasa


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  • Publikation
    Visualizing Forest Ecosystems
    (16.09.2021) Volkart Schmidt, Yvonne; Smite, Rasa; Rissanen, Kaisa; Gessler, Arthur
    What are volatile particles, how can we measure and feel them? And why do we experience a fragrant forest as a consequence of climate heating? In the 3D installation „Atmospheric Forest“, which is exhibited at „Critical Zones“, the artists Rasa Smite/Raitis Smits focused on the phenomenon of volatile emissions from trees and their visualization. In the course of Rasa Smites collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL she learned that under the threat of climate change, certain trees do not only transform CO2 into oxygen, but also emit various gases into the atmosphere: forests breathe. Taking this artistic work as a point of departure, this issue of the Terrestrial University will handle in-depth the scientific and artistic research of fragrant forests, using the Pfynwald Pine forest of Swiss Alps as a case study. This 10’000 year old forest in the Valais, southwest Switzerland, is unique: As one of the first long term and large outdoor laboratories worldwide, it has been under close surveillance for more than 20 years. The researchers and partners talk about tools, methods and scale of fragrant forests affecting the climate change alongside with the question how art translates the invisible and alarming interactions between the forest and atmospheric ecosystems into a sensible environment affecting people for system change.
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    Waldspüren in Zeiten der Klimaerhitzung
    (11.09.2021) Volkart Schmidt, Yvonne; Smite, Rasa
    Was kann Kunst leisten, was Wissenschaft nicht leistet – und umgekehrt? Inter/Nationale Referent*innen aus den Disziplinen Kunst, Film, Kunstwissenschaft, Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte diskutieren miteinander ihre Forschungsansätze und Werke. Basis des transdisziplinaren Dialogs ist die aktuelle Gruppenausstellung «It is not the End of the World» an der Fundaziun Nairs, die sich mit den vielfältigen Fragestellungen und Bildwelten des Anthropozäns befasst. Ausgehend vom Ort Nairs, der wiederholt als Kraftort wahrgenommen wird, diskutieren lokale, nationale, und internationale Referent*innen aus den Disziplinen Kunst, Film, Kunstwissenschaft, Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte miteinander ihre Forschungsansätze und Werke. Was kann Kunst leisten, was Wissenschaft nicht leistet – und umgekehrt. Was kann Nairs dazu beitragen, was leistet der Nukleus dieses Begegnungs- und Rückzugsortes selbst innerhalb der Diskurse so dicht an der Natur gelegen. Teilnehmende sind u.a. Yvonne Volkart (HGK Basel FHNW), Rasa Smite (MIT Boston), Peter Schneemann und Toni Hildebrandt (Universität Bern), Wolfgang Hagen (ETHZ) .
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    Ecodata, Open Fields conference (online) and group exhibition, RIXC Festival 2020
    (08.10.2020) Volkart Schmidt, Yvonne; Smite, Rasa; Smits, Raitis; Maeder, Marcus; Rissanen, Kaisa
    2020's RIXC festival is a collaboration with the “Ecodata–Ecomedia–Ecoaesthetics” research group, Institute of Aesthetic Practice and Theory, Academy of Art and Design Basel FHNW Switzerland. Proposing a new techno-ecological theory, project initiator Yvonne Volkart investigates technoscientific methods based on registering, collecting and interpreting data in the arts. How do the data affect us? Do they trigger care, solidarity, and empathy? Celebrating the project’s closing phase in Riga, Marcus Maeder and Rasa Smite also show their artistic research results in the ECODATA exhibition of the RIXC Festival. Together with Yvonne Volkart and forest scientist Kaisa Rissanen they present and discuss the collaboration between art and science.
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