Forest Ecologies

Rading group I by Borbála Soós

Thursday, 9 April, 5 – 6.30pm (GMT+1)

This is the first reading group within a series of sessions related to the project Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape, The Word for World is Forest at In response to the spread of COVID-19, this exhibition has been postponed until further notice. Nevertheless a part of it is moving online. Please follow our social media channels (FB, Instagram) for online research materials, information about our reading groups and other updates.

Led by curator Borbála Soós, during this meeting we will trace how seemingly opposing notions of the forests and city, nature and culture are entangled and mutually contingent ideas throughout human history. We will discuss the problematics encoded in deforestation and monoculture plantations as violent actions that severe these complex entanglements and among other issues increase the frequency of zoonotic transfer of viruses. We will discuss the future management of nature through further financialisation such as carbolonialism. Within this framework, we will come to understand the forest and its ecologies as a web of relations including human and more-than-human beings, as well as the social and cultural practices, cultivation, tensions, politics, financial pressures and wars it entails.

Event will be held in English.

Please email to for access to the readings and a link to Zoom video conferencing. The number of participants is limited to 20.

Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. Throughout this period and to this day she maintains an independent curatorial, writing and teaching practice, whilst she has also been an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic, curatorial and ecological research. Borbála’s recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature, and explores how these relate to social organisation. Her curatorial practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social and political urgencies.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

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