The Forest that Walks

Walking is a practice that often centers humans as moving and experiencing subjects. Whether on solitary rambles or in collective social and political engagements, people are central to understanding places on the move.

However, multiple organisms and environments are also involved in moving practices. For this article and accompanying talks, I decenter human movement to consider more-than-human mobilities, and ask: how does the forest walk?

For the “Media Ecologies” seminar series by the Center for Comparative Media at Columbia University, I presented “The Forest that Walks: Digital Fieldwork and Distributions of Site” on 25 February 2022. You can read the associated journal article, “The Forest that Walks: Digital Fieldwork and Distributions of Site” in the special issue, Critical Walking Methodologies and Oblique Agitations of Place. This special issue of Qualitative Inquiry is edited by Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman of WalkingLab.

I also presented on this theme for “Parallel Ecologies: A Symposium on Art, Media and Environments” by the University of Oslo and Kunstnernes Hus on 24 June 2021.