In-Tree-Net, 2012, installation view Karlin Studios, Prague, 70 x 12 x 3 ft, tree trunks and branches, plumbing hardware


In-Tree-Net is a series of site-specific installations developed in response to architecture made out of trees and branches mounted on walls and ceiling. Assembled together with plumbing components and electrical hardware these structures closely resemble conventional engineering systems bringing vital functions into the buildings. The project examines the dilemma between systems of nature and artificial architectural structures. Trees and their complex interconnection present in the ecosystem of the woods are here reduced to a rigid model of a machine representing the mechanistic approach towards Nature. Playing with the likeness and confronting the industrial visual language with the natural and organic forms the project explores the dilemma between natural and artificial systems. It brings to the forefront those elements that architecture tends to cover and hide, in order to create an intact environment. It recalls the fact that the indoor lifestyle depends on vital resources from nature. In the In-Tree-Net the pipes and wires are sculptures representing the connection of the indoor reality to the nature pointing to the environmental dependency of the seemingly independent interior environment.

In-Tree-Net critically approaches a culturally contingent understanding of nature, producing perspective that nature as such has borders, beginning, and end, similar to the architecture and urbanism. Nature here is an element that penetrates not only the walls but represents a metaphor for crossing artificial borders, cutting through the mountains and rivers, dividing landscape without a context.

In-Tree-Net investigates an influence of architecture and the isolating effects of buildings on the way we relate to environment and nature. It follows phenomena of a new type of species: “Homo Interius” a contemporary human, who spends most of its life indoors in the comfort of a white cube separated from the influence of the surrounding environment. Despite the unlimited access to a flood of information, his relationship to his immediate surroundings and the environmental context is blurred and disconnected. In-Tree-Net confronts the alienation of the interior based culture and the loss of context of the built space implying a reconnection of a fragmented environment to a whole.