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The Forest Underneath

“The Forest Underneath” combines in an observational short film material shot on location in and around the Hambach Forest, the last remnant of an ecosystem that has occupied the Rhine plain since the end of the last ice age – and a site where corporate exploitation, environmental activism, and environmental degradation coexist. The forest, of which only 10% remains, borders the largest open‐pit coal mine in Europe, and ghost towns doomed to be torn down. Planned to be cleared to mine by the energy company RWE before 2020, the forest has been a political standpoint for environmentalists since 2012, when a diverse group of activists took permanent residence within it, in self‐built ‘barrios’ and treehouses, behind barricades, to protect it from planned destruction. “The Forest Underneath”, is my contribution to a visual investigation of the landscape of the Meuse–Rhin Euroregion, curated by Bas Princen at Jan van Eyck Academie.


The Forest Underneath
Netherlands, 2019
Paolo Patelli

19.Nov.2019 1334 views
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Paolo Patelli practices along the fields of architecture, art, and design. He is Associate Lector “Places and Traces” at Design Academy Eindhoven and a 2019/2020 Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Through often collaborative enquiries, he addresses architecture as a critical spatial practice, engaging critically and by design with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technologies and environments. He has exhibited internationally, including in the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He holds a PhD from Politecnico di Milano. He lives and works in Amsterdam.

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