Open Forest: Data, Stories, and Walking-With

Marketa Dolejsova, Jaz Hee Jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Cristina Ampatzidou

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Open Forest is a collective, experimental inquiry into different forests and more-than-human dataflows. The project explores how forests and forest data can be produced, thought of and engaged with otherwise, in co-creative ways that consider perspectives of diverse forest creatures and reach beyond geo-engineering, techno-solutionist perspectives. In this Situated Action, we build on our previous Open Forest activities organized in different parts of the world and take an experimental, hybrid walk in a local forest area in Newcastle followed by a co-creation of forest stories. Through these engagements, we hope to entangle the existing, mostly quantitative forests datasets with more messy and abstract data to question the currently available understandings about the forest as a resource to be used. Our aim is to support collective imagination and care-full sustainability actions towards flourishing more-than-human futures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022: Exploratory Papers, Workshops, Places, Situated Actions and Doctoral Colloquium
EditorsVasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Christopher Frauenberger, Melisa Duque Hurtado, Nicolai Hansen, Angelika Strohmayer, Izak Van Zyl, Andy Dearden, Reem Talhouk, Cally Gatehouse, Donna Leishman, Shana Agid, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Jennyfer Taylor, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9681-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventParticipatory Design Conference: Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design - Virtual, Online, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 20221 Sept 2022
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference
Abbreviated titlePDC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Eco-social transformation
  • Forest
  • Forest data
  • More-than-human
  • Walking


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