Samuel Dennis, USA
Samuel Dennis, USA »Nine Ways of Knowing — Prelude to Invasion« and »Tagged«
»Nine Ways of Knowing — Prelude to Invasion«
Visitors explore messages about ways of knowing the forest, including seeing, naming, describing, representing, counting, locating, mapping, telling, and claiming. These actions precede invasion and serve legitimizing functions. Visitors are placed in a position where they must acknowledge these practices.
A map that references (1) the way people monitor movements of endangered native animals like wolves, (2) the way trees get "tagged" for removal or for preservation in forestry practices, and (3) the efforts of graffiti artists to get their "tags" up - a kind of expressive invasion. The artists' movements are a kind of wild-style graffiti on the map—scribblings derived from lived experience superimposed onto a scientific way of seeing the forest.