More-than-Human Intelligence: Bio-Mediated Architectures

Date & Time

Wednesday, June 30 | 16:30 – 18:00 CEST, 10:30 – 12:00 EDT, 00:30 – 02:00 AEST
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Description

In this roundtable we will speak with designers, architects and critical makers working at the intersections of computation, biology and architecture. Their provocative work probes the boundaries of media architecture and urban interaction, and exemplifies a more-than-human-approach to urban media art and design, where living organisms are conversation partners and building blocks to create buildings and cities with less energy and waste.

Three speakers will share some of their thought-provoking work to help us re-imagine more-than-human mediated spaces.

Rachel Armstrong introduces us to a transdisciplinary practice she calls monstering: a speculative toolset that increases our capacity to respond to an ever-changing reality and finding better ways to communicate and acknowledge the contributions of non-human agents to our reality. Monstering can help us bring designed change to functionality through re-empowerment, re-connection and re-enchantment with an ecologically stressed world.

Julia Pelka contributes a philosophic essay about the relationship between humans, nature and urban infrastructures with a screening of her award-winning short Fat Kathy (2019, 14 mins). The film tells a remarkable story about millions of people in Poland who rely on 8 clams to monitor the quality of their drinking water.

Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of the fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. Peter has over 17 years developing methods for accessible and community-based mushroom cultivation and the social practice of mycoremediation. Fungi are the overlooked waste collectors in our environment, and by acting together, communities can design fungi-fuelled systems to decontaminate damaged environments.

After their talks, we will continue the conversation exploring the questions such as: If microorganisms could speak, what would they tell us about the city? And, if we rediscovered our ability to listen, how would we see our relationships to the built and natural environment anew? 

To participate in the conversation and Q&A, please join the zoom call instead of the livestream.



Organizers 

AUAS Learning Community Critical Making & Research Through Design

More information & Contact

Loes Bogers | l.bogers@hva.nl 

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong’s work draws together fields of architectural design, synthetic biology and smart chemistry. By developing prototypes for “living” architecture, she proposes new standards for sustainable living that radically change the impacts of human inhabitation, so our lifestyles have a net benefit on living systems

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy

Peter McCoy speaks on behalf of fungi, the most overlooked and misrepresented organisms in the web of life. He is a pioneer in accessible mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation, and less-explored fields of fungal evolution and communication, and the history of fungi in human cultures

Loes Bogers

Loes Bogers

Loes Bogers works as a researcher at the Visual Methodologies Collective and senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where she is building a learning community around critical making and research through design

Julia Pelka

Julia Pelka

Julia is a polish director and cinematographer born and living in Warsaw, Poland.​ Her award winning films have played at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Warsaw Film Festival, Kracow Film Festival and Bogo Shorts.