FIELDWORK AS EDUCATION TOOL
It is best to get inspiration from the Small Worlds Network in direct contact with it. Two fieldworks organized in 2018 and 2019 presented a possibility to directly experience the variety of issues regarding the rhizosphere’s environment. They serve as a tool to exchange knowledge and experience between the scientific and art milieus, which in return broadens the perspectives of both.
The fieldworks show a need for communication between various research environments and creation of interdisciplinary, comprehensive projects that allow sharing knowledge and experience. Art can play a unique role in the communication, dissemination and democratization of knowledge, activating cognitive processes, stimulating awareness and breaking patterns of thinking.
The first fieldwork prepared and led by prof. Marlena Lembicz and prof. Władysław Polcyn together with students of the Faculty of Biology of UAM, organized especially for students of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Projects and Research, took place in the research area of the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Radojewo in April of 2018. Late spring is a particularly intense growing season for the lower parts of the forest, before the leaves of the trees will limit the inflow of sunlight. Joint workshops allowed to see the diversity of phenomena that elude the layman’s eyes and stimulated reflection on the consequences of the green blidness, which is a reapidly progressing process among the urban society.
In April 2019 a fieldwork at the Geobotanical Station of the University of Warsaw in Białowieża took place. It was organized by prof. Marlena Lembicz in cooperation with the station’s director, dr Bogdan Jaroszewicz. Experiencing the biological, historical and cultural significance of the ancient forest had a significant impact on the awareness and imagination of all participants. It is a unique place, where the cycle of life and death takes on another dimension, where what seems dead is in fact a lively link in a larger dynamic system. The multi-sensory experience of the forest environment, enriched with scientific lectures and open discussions, allowed for a deeper insight into the complexity and scale of ecological problems and challenges.