It has been observed that city trees grow more quickly and robustly than their forest-dwelling cousins. The abundance of airborne carbon dioxide in urban environments is absorbed and stored by our arboreal architectures and, in effect, act as a recording device for the city’s changing environment. When, where, and which trees were planted has always been directed by the dominant theories of modern urban life and by who ruled the streets. In this way, like the study of changing architectural styles, a tree in the city is a document of the actions of human inhabitation.
Collected portraits of the Dresden trees will tell a story about the city. Over the course of a week we will be gathering tree-portraits, both through our own research and with help from participants’ documents and stories. Amassed in a video installation, the collection of portraits will aggregate over the week to make a new forest for the city of Dresden.
Die beiden Architekten sammeln über eine Woche Material zu ausgewählten Bäumen im Stadtgebiet. Die Bewohner sind dazu aufgerufen bestimmte Bäume mit Hinweisen, Fundstücken und Dokumentationsmaterial vorzuschlagen und die Sprechstunden aufzusuchen. Schlagen Sie Ihren Baum vor!
Claire Wood and Gabriel Fries-Briggs were trained as architects. Their work shies away from novel form-making in favor of uncovering unfamiliar forms in everyday rituals, experiences, and environments. Refusing to believe that urban life is as rigid as it can appear, their projects try to make the city more flexible, looser, squishy, and slow. Working through drawing, video, text, web, and built work, they create projects that can fit hundreds of people, fit in a pocket, or barely exist at all.
Claire Wood (*1980) lives and works in New York. Gabriel Fries-Briggs (*1986) lives and works in San Fransico.