We did the technical development of Thijs Biersteker’s work Wither.

While we are in isolation deforestation is in full acceleration.

Deforestation in the Amazon is picking up with a 71% increase since the Covid-19 outbreak due to a lack of enforcement, so I decided to launch this work now.

I made a slice of digital rainforest that disappears in front of your eyes on the rate of deforestation happening right now. We control every leaf using real time deforestation data. Every leaf flickering marks the loss of 225m2 of Amazon rainforest. That is more than 2560m2 a SECOND. Second after second… after second.

As the world is slowing down, this artwork shows how deforestation is speeding up. I hope this work can help us to imagine the sheer scale of loss happening at this moment, in places where no one is there to watch.

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Wither is presented by Woven Studio
Commissioned by: Daily Paper
Artist: Thijs Biersteker
Production: Sophie de Krom
Electronics/Coding: Front404
Soundscape: End of Time
With special thanks to:
Switchfoil, Thomas voor ‘t Hekke, Kees Plattel