Forests are increasingly sensorized environments. Whether in the form of camera traps to monitor organisms or the Internet of Things to detect wildfires, there are an array of sensor technologies that observe and constitute forests in relation to scientific inquiry, Indigenous land claims, environmental governance, and disaster prevention and mitigation.
For “Human Entities 2021: Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”, I explored the sensory arrangements that Smart Forests generate, asking:
How do sensory infrastructures materialize as distributions of power and governance? And how do sensory practices transform and potentially re-constitute dominant regimes of perception toward other inhabitations and milieus?
Photos by Joana Linda.