What do we know about the Forest of Tronçais (Forêt de Tronçais)? The Tronçais stands out among the most famous oak groves in Europe. Its hardwood is prized for no-single-nail barrels coopered for the great wines of Bordeaux, its timber was used for the French Navy and for the spire and the oak roof of Notre-Dame de Paris in the XII century. There in Tronçais, the oldest trees grow there, the so-called monument trees: each of them is 500 to 1000 years old, holding own name and passport. Powerful druids living in absolute harmony with nature (in Proto-Indo-European means “oak-knower”) believed that ancestral souls live inside sacred oaks.
Olga’s art work strives for cooperation of modern science and indigenous lore. The sacred music performed by ethno-musicians Catherine Braslavsky и Joseph Rowe together with neo-druids medium spiritual practices, the intervention creates a dialogue between uman and the nature. The artist’s utilizes hermeneutic approaches of message visualization by means of musical instruments and vocal.
Science retreats only to take a step forward. The concept of “Ancestrofuturism” (“ancestors + futurism”) constitutes an apparent contradiction; the current epoch is conceptualized as leading humanity away from obscurantism, superstition, and various folk beliefs. The concept bears in mind the “human-plant” interaction of the native people; it is a possible blueprint of new models. A re-discovery, tradition-preserving and revitalization effort of traditional ways of working with trees indeed has direct resource-protecting role during climate change.