Following our Berlin festival presenting 21 visions for eco-social renewal, the Driving the Human jury had the difficult task to select seven projects to be developed as prototypes throughout 2022.
The third day of the Driving the Human Festival took us from Bacteria to Ecosystems, and focused on Planetary Movements. Revisit the broadcast of the last day of the festival in our journal and on our Vimeo channel.
The second day of our festival explored new approaches to AI and computation. Additionally, new ways of thinking about value and economy took over the stage. The broadcast of day 2 can be revisited here and on our Vimeo channel.
The three days of exchange and connection in Berlin could be followed along an accompanying livestream. The broadcast of day 1 is now available to be revisited here and on our Vimeo channel.
From October 15–17, 2021, Driving the Human: 21 Visions for Eco-social Renewal brought together innovative proposals under one roof, for three days of exchange and connection.
Developed by Anne-Sofie Belling, Bea Delgado Corrales, Romy Kaiser and Paula Nerlich, Human-Bacteria Interfaces introduces the novel concept of human-bacteria interfaces within the context of the built environment.
Clara Acioli gives us an overview of RUM_A: Multispecies Urban Refuge in Cluster, a project about the importance of consciously and dialogically coexisting with other living beings as a strategy for survival and reversal of the anthropocene.
Planetary Personhood is an interplanetary campaign pursuing radical space decolonization. Project initiators Nonhuman Nonsense—Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund—talk with us about the project’s development.
Jingru (Cyan) Cheng & Chen Zhan share an overview of the process of Ripple, Ripple, Rippling, a project about the situated knowledge in the survival tactics of marginalized groups rooted in precarity; that is, how to settle in liminality, inhabit thresholds, and enact interdependency.
Habitat Theatre is the epicentre for Anthropos Ex — a long-term project in search for a theatre of the anthropocene. We spoke with Initiative for Applied Melancholy about the expectations and goals of the project.
Juan Pablo García Sossa expands on The Tropical Turn—Maneuvers for a Planetary Embodiment, a thought experiment and research project that explores other modes of coexistence between all forms of life on the planet from a Tropikós perspective.
We talk to Hyeseon Jeong, who with The Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology project explores speculative future scenarios of collisions and integrations between a bio-geo tracking technology for wild animals in scientific fields, and an animism in seismic disaster myth in East Asia.
How can we leverage the power of science, technology and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach to help give coastal wetlands and their microbial worlds a warming, collective voice? We talk to Sonia Mehra Chawla and Miriam Walsh for more insights on The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures.
Eliana Otta offers more details about her concept Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning, a virtual space to commemorate the deaths of Indigenous leaders assassinated in Peru.
Andra Pop-Jurj and Lena Geerts Danau share more details about their project, Monsters and Ghosts of the Far North, which departs from the spatial manifestations of the social, economic, and geopolitical conflicts in the Arctic region caused by environmental degradation.
Akwasi Bediako Afrane discusses TRONS ‘R’ US, a project that investigates the relationship between humans, technology and our environment.
Eylül Şenses gives us a closer look into the research project Indigenous Language of Taşlica: A Case of Interspecies Communication.
Taking a deeper look at Sedekah Benih, a collaborative project between artist Vincent Rumahloine and environmental activist Mang Dian.
Computer programmer, technologist, and artist Iris Qu 曲晓宇 discusses her project Do AIs Dream of Climate Chaos.
An interview with Chris Salter, Erik Adigard and Alexandre Quessy, who tell us about their project Dissuasion Engine.
Leading up to the presentation in Berlin, Vienne Chan and Katja Meier tell us about their project, Down to the Economy.
An interview with designer Andrea de Chirico about his project Superlocal — 0 Miles Production.
An interview with Linda Schilling Cuellar and Claudio Astudillo Barra of AHORA, about their project Toxicity Distributed — Post-extractivism Economies.
From October 15 – 17, 2021, Driving the Human presents 21 concepts proposing new visions for sustainable cohabitation on our planet.
We are thrilled to announce the 21 concepts chosen as a result of a successful Open Call.
Our Open Call resonated with multidisciplinary participants all around the world. The significant response shows how the themes of the project echo with contemporary concerns.
Discussing the connections between science and the arts with acatech’s Martina Schraudner and Forecast’s Freo Majer.
The last section of the Driving the Human Opening Festival, titled “Access”, investigated new models of participation, and engaged with digital and analogue tools to challenge structural inequalities.
The fifth section of the Driving the Human Opening Festival critically engaged with the production and distribution of knowledge.
The fourth section of our Opening Festival looks at Technology, exploring critical engagements with AI and probing boundaries and alternative uses, ethical limits and strategies for activism.
The theme of Economy shaped the third section of the Driving the Human Opening Festival.
The second part of our Opening Festival explored the complex and fragile layers of life on the planet.
Taking a closer look at the first section of our Opening Festival.
In November 220, the Opening Festival offered visions for shaping sustainable and collective futures.
With their signature striking approach, Berlin-based Studio Yukiko have developed the visual identity of Driving the Human. We spoke to the team about how their work and professional approach intersects with the larger amibitions of Driving the Human.
Over the course of three days, the festival combines different formats, interweaving live programming with pre-recorded segments, including panel discussions, film screenings, lectures, performances, talks, workshops and an activation program.
One of the partner institutions of Driving the Human, the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design is spearheaded by rector Jan Boelen, who talked to us about how the University is changing and how its vision aligns with Driving the Human.
Scholars, artists, designers, and other
The first participants of the Driving the Human Opening festival have been announced. Involving scholars, artists, designers, and other multidisciplinary participants, the event will propose a variety of formats in a specially designed digital broadcast taking place over the course of three days.
One of the partners of Driving the Human, acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering, is the voice of the technological sciences in Germany and abroad. Its board member, Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner, discusses how Driving the Human overlaps with the institutions‘ interests and activities.
The Berlin-based mentoring program Forecast is the initiator of Driving the Human. Forecasts‘ artistic director, Freo Majer, expands on some of the program’s ambitions and how they informed the origin of Driving the Human.
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is one of the four partner institutions that initiated and coordinate the project Driving the Human. Its director, Prof. Dr. Peter Weibel, speaks about the connections between DtH and the institution he leads.