Dark Forest schools exchange

This was a school’s exchange between Escola Camilo Castelo Branco next to the botanical gardens in Rio de Janeiro and Djangoly Academy in Nottingham close to Sherwood Forest in England, a recenlty designed Academy by Foster and Partners.

Sensory technology for visualizing environmental data developed by Active Ingredient and Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham University was the starting point to connect teachers, young people and artists in investigating global climate change and the environments we live.  Workshops took place over a 12 week period between the two schools in parallel to each other, exploring sensory and embodied experiemce through observational drawings, composing collages, constructing stop-frame animation, documentation in photography and experimenting with performance.

As well as the Art and Science teachers from the schools, the project counted with the support of the NEA (Environment Education Nucleus) team at the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, Staff at the Forestry Commission in Nottinghamshire and was funded by the Arts Council of England and Mixed Reality Lab at The University of Nottingham.

The project was recently (2017) published in:
Digital Participation through Social Living Labs
Valuing Local Knowledge, Enhancing Engagement
>> Chapter 3 – Digital Participation Through Artistic Interventions
Rachel Jacobs and Silvia Leal Pages: 37–54