Tree of Knowledge

Michael Wernstedt

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  • Summary

    The Tree of the Knowledge, a symbol of fate that determines the path of it’s humble worshipers and those who choose to follow. A structure with the space for fate to unfold.

    Full description of concept

    The Tree of the Knowledge (of good and evil) is the pivot upon which our Borderland world revolves.

    The tree. In majesty it stands. Humble, strong, magnificent. From the tree dangle many fruits. These fruits contain different callings, fates, adventures, endeavours, themes. Every day a ceremony will be held around the tree. Biting into the succulent temptation that hangeth from the tree, the chosen one, will have selected our fate for the day.

    The tree holds knowledge, it’s worshipers may have many ideas of their path, but shall blindly follow the path of the selected fruit. Our entire day, and the activities we hold in our camp depends on whatever fruit is chosen.

    Visitors can add knowledge to the tree. Can ‘leaf’ behind memories. Can share secrets, hopes or dreams.

    The tree will be built on a book. On that book are cushions, where people happen. If the tree so decides, we will have philosophical conversations, political debate, psychological enlightenment under it. However, the tree may also decide that we vogue our faces off, gift our time to others, or have a Tom of Finland day.

    About the group/Artist

    We are a small but growing group of veterans, virgins and inbetweeners. So far Michael Wernstedt, Lemarc Thomas, Yoav Goldwin, Carl-Johan Karlson, Emily Bergius, Jan Henriksson, Gunnar Ahlberg are in the tree of knowledge camp that will build the tree. Sometimes we want reality to exist within the borderland and often we want the borderland to exist within reality. We like chaos and fun, we like purpose and meaning. We want to play, we want to make a difference. Can a camp exist that does all of that? Will this tree grant us just that?

    Team and plan

    In May and June we will prepare the drawings and gather people for the project.
    In June/July we will prepare the main structure of the tree trunk, which will be formed from many pieces of wood that will be joined together.
    The rest of the structure will be built on site at Borderland.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    Everything will be burnable except for the lights which we will take back with us.
    Apart from the structure we will have a sporting station for the moop from camp.

    Budget overview

    Wood for tree - 4 000
    Cloth - 2 000
    Paper maché fruits - 500
    Lighting - 1 000
    Building materials for book - 3 000
    Paint - 1 000
    Ceremony space (cushings and material) 2 000
    Leaves 500
    Decorations 1000

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    Come and join the chaos, and from this chaos wonders shall emerge.
    We want borderlings to add knowledge to our tree, share secrets, hopes or dreams as leaves or leave behind memories in the trunk.

    They can join the ceromony
    They may be chosen
    They may join the camp
    Build - help us build!

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


    •  The dream website

    • Do you need electricity from the grid? Enough to power the lights in the tree and calm music.

    • Will there be light? Yes! The branches of the tree will be covered in lights.

    • Will anything burn? Yes, the tree!

    • What is your audio footprint? This is mainly be a quite camp.

    • Forces of nature We plan to make the roots long and heavy. Furthermore people will sit on them which will secure the tree from blowing away.

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