Sub Persona is a research project that focuses on the importance of forests its ecosystemic, economic, recreational and cultural functions, which are too often taken for granted by humans.
From human habitation to the present, resource exploitation and deforestation have led to a decrease in the extent, quality, and condition of the self-regulatory mechanisms of the forest ecosystem. In the past complex inter-species relationships and energy flows have enabled the forest to successfully adapt to the effects of climate change, such as natural disasters. Forestry scholars study the functioning of self-regulatory mechanisms in the remains of the pristine forest - in forest reserves. Their discoveries are guiding the management of the managed forests, as these are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, compared to primeval forests.
Sub Persona emphasizes the shared responsibility of humanity to understand forest ecosystems with modern methods and to develop sustainable management techniques that are based on the interplay of all key functions of the forest.
The film features Tomaž Hartman of the Forest Service, forest logger Nevenka Gregorčič, SiDG Slovenian State Forests, d. o. o., Bela Voda Lumber Mill from Loški Potok and forester/ hunter Brane Poje.
The music was created by Domen Učakar under the creative name Lifecutter. In his creative process, he leans against the background of noise and draws from various editions of electronic music, especially technoid sounds.
The video is presented as part of a larger atmospheric installation that emphasizes the abundance of forest features and allows the viewer to experience different views of the forest and its transformation through the centuries of human management.
Video by P L A T E AU R E S I D U E
Music by Lifecutter
In collaboration with Tomaž Hartman, Nevenka Gregorčič, Branko Poje,
SiDG d. o. o. and Bela Voda Lumber Mill.
2019, all rights reserved: P L A T E AU R E S I D U E & Lifecutter
Supported by: Mestna občina Ljubljana, Zavod Projekt Atol