T.S. Anna & Adri Schokker

Visual artists T.S. Anna and Adri Schokker have worked together for a decade – as visual artists, curators and organizers of cultural and educational events. Coming from different countries and backgrounds meeting half-way has personal and professional importance. They carry this notion further, also to their work where they combine technologies and materiality in critical and playful ways. They are driven by an urge to find a better understanding of the natural surroundings and create more inclusive versions of human ways of being as part of complex ecosystems. Their work is mostly process-led and their installations and workshops evolve in collaboration with with others: experts, scientists, fellow artists or designers, and people who they meet on the way. These encounters play an important role in creating work that invites their audiences to see relations that are often hidden below the surface, and be a reminder – no one is just one.

During our residency, we will develop digital tools and methods for conversation, active outdoors exploration and observation of the natural environment. This toolkit will be based on our artistic research path “A Forest”. We will further experiment with tools that we use in our practice – like macro photography, 3D scanning, virtual reality and online archiving – to make them accessible and inspiring to try and work with for younger audiences. The methods for conversation will focus on creating a safe space to share each others findings in the process, but equally important – each others emotions and concerns regarding topics like climate change, climate anxiety and personal relationship with the planet.

The residency of T.S. Anna and Adri Schokker is realised in context of Empowering Tools, a residency collaboration between RIBOCA (Rīga International Biennial of Contemporary Art), HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) and NAC (Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts).