Our Ancient Forests: Virtual Visiting and Art for Conservation


  • Emma Morgan-Thorp York University


This article reflects upon two virtual reality experiences included in the Our Ancient Forests exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council: Sanctuary: The Dakota Bear Ancient Forest Experience and Tree Earth Sky. It works through questions about the use of virtual reality both as a means of visiting a wild place and as a means of moving audiences to environmentalist and anticolonial action. In doing so, it considers settler desires for deeper relationships with wild places and the more-than-human world and settler responsibilities within environmental and anticolonial movements.  

Author Biography

Emma Morgan-Thorp, York University

Emma Morgan-Thorp is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Her research focuses on settler anticolonial environmentalisms, with particular attention to sensorial, embodied, and site-specific performance practices.