Last Visits to Lill-Jansskogen

These three visits at the end of the Chinese year of the dog (14 February 2018 to 3 February 2019) mark also the end of my project in Lill-Jansskogen. As if celebrating this ending my first peer-reviewed journal article explicitly from this project was published in Performance Philosophy Journal 4:2 (2019) and can be found online, here: “Resting with Pines in Nida – attempts at performing with plants”. The quote from an article by philosopher Michael Marder, which I cite in that text is the same that I cited in my research proposal. The encounters with pine trees that serve as the material for the article took place in September 2017, quite a while ago. Let’s see if it takes equally long to publish something about these works; here are nevertheless the final “field notes”:

On Friday morning the sky was grey, the weather was serene in some way, only later in the afternoon the snow fall began. While I was sitting on my second spruce stump a dog was particularly interested in what I was doing, and came very close, barking hard. I could not see it but only hear, and have to admit that I was a little scared, too. Luckily this was at the end of my session so after a while I got up and tried to calm the dog, and its owner, who was slightly embarrassed for its eagerness. There are always plenty of dogs, and they are much more open in their curiosity than humans, but this one was clearly worried:

On Saturday morning there was plenty of new snow, all very wet, perfect for snow balls or for building a snowman. The wet snow was falling down from the branches, you could hear bumps all around, and sometimes I had a lump of wet snow hitting my head. The snow under the spruces looked strangely yellow, not the normal animal piss, but large areas, as if the snow falling through the needles would turn yellow, somehow – a strange effect:

On Sunday the snowfall stopped conveniently before my last visit, but it had been snowing quite a lot during the night – everything was covered in thick layers of fresh white snow. I was not the first one walking on the main path, though. To get an idea of the amount of snow I took a photo from my first stop, from where I was sitting on the spruce stump:

These were the last visits to the spruce stumps and pine trees in Lill-Jansskogen, and also the last images of the videos that I will now start compiling and editing. For the conference Floating Peripheries at University of Lapland and for the Uniarts Research Week I already made a first attempt with the hanging and swinging images, using the clips up until Christmas. Now, when I wanted to add the images recorded in January I realized the session recorded on 25th January, the one with heavy snowfall, was missing. The still-images captured from the videos were there in the folder where they should be, but the video clips were nowhere to be found. I looked in all likely and unlikely folders, in my Dropbox, the other external hard drives, no! I must have destroyed them by mistake, how irritatingly stupid of me! I tried to insert the still-images in the video, and of course that could be done, but is hardly worth it, I guess. Now I only hope that the clips will turn up somewhere, but if not, well, that’s life, as they say…. Here are nevertheless the last still images from my three last visits:






To end with I add images of the camera tripod (the camera I had to remove, in order to take the images, of course) on the four sites, on the last day, when some of the rocks and markers I normally used were completely covered in snow. I apologize for the advertisement, but this huge plastic bag has followed me now for more than two years – it is very convenient, not only for carrying the tripod and the camera bag, but for putting your coat in while posing. I should have taken these photos with my phone in order to include my camera – it is definitely my main collaborator besides the trees, but perhaps you can imagine it on the tripod:



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