The project In-Tree-Net engages the dilemma between systems of Nature and artificial architectural structures. It investigates the influence of architecture on the understanding of Nature. It follows the phenomena of a new special kind of species: “Homo Interius” a contemporary human, who spends most of its life inside of a white cube separated from the influence of the surrounding environment. Despite of the unlimited access to a flood of information, his relationship to his immediate surroundings and the environmental context is blurred and disconnected. Ultimately this alienated perspective towards Nature has consequences for today’s ecology.
In-Tree-Net is based on an interior setting, which as such seems not to be influenced by Nature. The site-specific installation is made out of trees and branches mounted on the walls resembling pipes and wires of engineering systems that bring vital functions into the buildings. Trees and their complex interconnection present in the ecosystem of the woods are here reduced to a rigid model of a machine representing the mechanistic approach towards Nature. Pipes which architecture usually attempts to cover in order to create an intact environment are here revealed to bring the outside inside pointing to the environmental dependency of the seemingly independent interior environment.
In-Tree-Net critically approaches a culturally contingent understanding of the nature of Nature, which produces perspective, that nature as such has borders, a beginning and its end, similar to architecture and urbanism. Nature here is an element that penetrates not only the walls, but also crosses artificial borders, that divide landscape without a context, cutting through the mountains and rivers. In the In-Tree-Net the organic systems represent an idea of bringing closer the nature and the way of its estranged perception, implying a reconnection of the fragmented environment to a whole.