In-Tree-Net, 2012, installation view Karlin Studios, Prague , 70 x 12 x 3 ft, tree trunks and branches, plumbing hardware
The site-specific installations made out of trees and branches mounted on the walls or ceiling to resemble pipes and wires of engineering systems that bring vital functions into the buildings. 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. Pipes which architecture usually attempts to cover in order to create an intact environment are here revealed to bring outside inside pointing at the environmental dependency of the seemingly independent interior environment.
In-Tree-Net critically approaches a culturally conditioned understanding of nature, which produces the 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 also crosses artificial borders, that divide landscape without a context, cutting through the mountains and rivers. In the In-Tree-Net the organic systems represent an idea of bringing nature closer and the way of its estranged perception, implying a reconnection of a fragmented environment to a whole.
The project In-Tree-Net engages the dilemma between systems of nature and artificial architectural structures. It investigates an influence of architecture on the way of understanding Nature. It follows phenomena of a new special kind of species: “Homo Interius” a contemporary human, who spends most of its life inside of a white cube separated from the influence of the surrounding environment. Despite of the unlimited access to a flood of information, his relationship to his immediate surroundings and the environmental context is blurred and disconnected. Ultimately this alienated perspective towards nature is having consequences on today’s ecology.