Online Event: Forest Ecologies

Performative lecture by curator Borbála Soós


To mark the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Ecologies of the Ghost Landscape, the Word for World is Forest curator Borbála Soós invites us on an imaginary journey in the format of an online performative lecture. Stopping at various places we will examine specific entangled scenarios and habitats with complex political, social and economic strings attached. Borbála will speculate about the viability and problematics of creating a wildlife corridor spanning from Slovakia to Spain and Portugal in one direction, and to the Scottish Highlands the other, and we will also venture out to look at further examples or rewinding and reforesting in realties such as Amazonia and Siberia. With the help of the artworks in the exhibition, as well as other stories and videos collected from various sources such as poetry and sci-fi, scientific enquiry, philosophy, horror movies, audio recordings and counter-culture references, we will travel through past and future forest scenarios.

Photo: © Gerard Ortín Castellví

Borbála Soós (b. 1984, Budapest, Hungary) is a London-based curator. In 2012 she obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2009 an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 2012 and 2019 she was director and curator of Tenderpixel, a contemporary art gallery in Central London. Throughout this period and to this day she maintains an independent curatorial, writing and teaching practice, whilst she has also been an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic, curatorial and ecological research. Borbála’s recent research focuses on the development of structures found in nature, and explores how these relate to social organisation. Her curatorial practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social and political urgencies.

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Event will be held in English. Join the Zoom meeting here.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.