The exhibition was accompanied by an international symposium (1 and 2 September 2017) that explored topics such as “Art and Nature in Central and Eastern Europe”, “Conceptual Art in Norway”, “Art and Ecology” and “Exhibiting Art in Nature”. With Contributions by: Maja Fowkes, Reuben Fowkes, Adrienne Goehler, Sabine Hänsgen, Hilde Krohn Huse, Ingvild Krogvig, Reiner Maria Matysik, Pavlína Morganová, Angelika Richter, Michael Saup, and Petr Štembera.

Since the 1960s, conceptual, land and action artists throughout the world began an intensive, at times existential engagement with the natural environment outdoors. The forest in particular became an alternative space to established and commercial institutions. This environment was experienced with the body and involved in the creative process. Also a new brand of environmental awareness during times of forest decline played an important role. For artists in Central and Eastern Europe, forests became the stage, often serving as the only witness to activities that were prohibited in public cultural life.

The conference THROUGH A FOREST WILDERNESS explores the existential dialogue between artists and the forest. It focuses especially on ephemeral works and actions. The conference takes place in the framework of the exhibition of the same name with works of performance, Fluxus, minimal and conceptual art from the 1960s until today.