Forest! (2016, work in progress) arose with the consideration of the forest as a space of research as well as contemplation, marking the beginning work towards a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Later, Sujir discovered the work of Suzanne Simard, UBC forestry professor, who talks about the forest floor as the place where the old growth trees function as archive for the grove, communicating through the forest floor, in a network we would perhaps liken to the internet. Sujir began in the Walbran with Chris Kroitor, cinematographer, with a 3D rig fitted with two Sony 65 cameras (8K capability), to allow the viewer to stand in a forest of moving pixil images, in the same relation to the trees as they would have within the Walbran. The experiments with time and space that Sujir and Kroitor experimented with include a pull parallax, moving the space from relative flatness to an extended 3D: the space embraces the viewer through the duration of a four to five minute shot. The work in progress shows the raw clips, prior to color correction or editing. Sujir’s intention is to work spatially with both the moving image and sound, for space as volume to be able to be perceived through the body.
The Walbran is scheduled for clear cut logging, which would mean the loss of this archive of time and space, held in the old growth trees.