biegen is dealing with the technique of tree bending, a pre-capitalist production method. Trees were manipulated to directly suit ship-parts while growing, as a relatively fast and economic way of developing material for a growing industry in the beginning of the 16th century. The method entails attaching splints to trees and waiting until the shape meets no more resistance. Following the research on remaining forests and learning how to bend trees, bent inquires a variety of normalizing and standardizing procedures, shifting between natural and cultural concepts of the useful.
bent guides through a montage of fabricated stories told by my father, rumors and legends about a forest of bent trees.