Rainforest as Methodology: Worksheet by Cruda Collective

On 20 April 2023, Cruda Collective (Laila Saber Rodriguez and Andrea Galano Toro) ran a workshop with students of the Bio Matters programme at AKI Academy, ArtEZ University of Arts.

‘Rainforest as Methodology’ is a worksheet to help students to think through, situate and inspire their artistic research practice using ideas from nature and ecology. The annotated illustration is designed to guide you through different aspects of your research practice, beginning with the forest floor that composes the artistic foundation and positioning, the understory (creative period), the canopy (network) and eventually, the emergent layer, where the presentation of artworks and research generates meaning in their interaction with audiences and wider contexts.

Download the worksheet to begin growing your own rainforest!

The workshop Rainforest as Methodology was part of the 2023 Doing (Artistic) Research Programme.

Cruda Collective

Cruda Collective is formed by interdisciplinary artists, researchers & filmmakers Laila Saber Rodriguez (CAI-CDMX) and Andrea Galano Toro (CL, ES). The collaborative duo explores how regenerative practices such as ecology, magic and spell-writing can destabilize western forms of knowledge production. The word Cruda means ‘raw’ in Spanish, referring to the raw worlds the Collective encounters and their particular approach to research and storytelling. The duo operates through workshops, coaching sessions, exhibitions, screenings, and performance readings.