Sylvan Invitation

On August 12, 2019

Nørrekærbiennalen 2019– Change of Anchoring took place in LAND in Nørrekær Enge near Limfjord in North Jutland of Denmark. Participatory performance Sylvan Invitation was introduced to welcome different kinds of trees and possibly, (permaculture) forest on site. Nørrekær Enge is an area of intensive agriculture and monoculture of plants where forests are non-existent. LAND is an area of different kinds of environmental art projects and the main location of the biennial for several years.

A fish crawls from the fjord on the ground. Human story starts to intertwine with the trees. Our (hydro)bodies together through water, we listen to all memories in it. Water is the greatest story base of all. What kind of trees could have been the Limfjorden underwater ones? How do we invite trees back? Who wants grow here? Now, only the wind travels on the surfaces, asking for the leaves to return and to be touched. 

Sylvan Invitation invite, the forest is invited back to the LAND. During the session, the participants dip their feet into the fjord and into the stories of it – water as the starting point of all life, explore the trees through mediation and try out how it would feel to move like a root or a leaf of different tree species. The performance ended to the LAND where the imaginary forest was created with human bodies.

Thank you Kirsten Dufour, Finn Thybo Andersen and the whole beautiful and fantastic Nørrekærbiennalen team!

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