STUDIOTOPIA Day: conference at Ars Electronica Festival
Hosted by: Ars Electronica
Saturday Sep 10, 2022, 11:00 am - 6:45 pm
Keplergebäude, Lecture Hall 1
In keeping with the Ars Electronica Festival theme Welcome to Planet B, both speakers and audiences of the STUDIOTOPIA Day conference program are challenged to reflect creatively and critically about ecological and sociopolitical implications of the Anthropocene.
Following representatives of current best practice projects on stage are key figures of cultural institutions; initiatives debate designing novel interfaces for gathering and disseminating knowledge as well as their roles in reframing (creative) commons and bringing together stakeholders under the umbrella of nurturing coexistence. A panel by guest curators and 2021 Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity winners Branch Magazine will focus on how the open movement, craft technology and a sustainable and just internet for all supports communities and action in the creation of alternative climate futures.
10:05 am – 10:10 am
Ralph Dum, Senior Expert at the European Commission, Physicist, Initiator of S T ARTS, welcomes the participants of the conference.
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Ours is a time of both ecological and social crisis. We know we need to change. But how? We know we need to reinvent humanity. But what is the human? Who are we, and who should we be? In our highly secularised cultures, many people think that the time of faith communities is past. But faith communities have a knowledge of the human that we need more than ever in our age of crisis. And if we don’t know what a human being is, we cannot create a truly human future.
11:20 am – 12:50 pm
Culture can be viewed as an aggregate of stories that show a pattern, while featuring a wide range of complexity and movement. Cultural narratives can help contextualize and make sense of our own, individual stories while also shaping our habits and ethics.
In this panel discussion, protagonists specializing in AI research, transdisciplinary and critical art, cultural economy, philanthropy and organizational development come together to debate strategic culturing and the tools for building cultural narratives that inspire and inform change.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Bradly Dunn Klerks (NL/BE), Arisa Kamada (JP), Christoph Pasching (AT), Fara Peluso (IT/DE), Jakob Lambert (AT), Marko Vivoda (SI), Tega Brain (AU), Yinan Liu (NZ)
Get.Inspired Talks highlight promising, practical projects in the field of tension between art, technology and science that pursue the central question “But How?” and describe ways out of the planetary crisis.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DOORS – Digital Incubator for Museums, initiated by Ars Electronica as MUSEUM BOOSTER and Ecsite, gives small and medium-sized museums across Europe the opportunity to drive the digital and sustainable transformation of the museum sector.
Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Minister of Digital Affairs, has been a passionate advocate for reconfiguration of digital spaces, in particular addressing social networks, and curating a new cultural landscape. Her actionable proposals include recognition of internet access as a human right or digital competence education as a core subject in school curricula. Furthermore, not only does she recognize the potential that lies within media literacy for strengthening social cohesion but also a key method to let democratic societies thrive. Let’s turn the virtual reality into a shared reality, into a human experience!
What potentials do open practices, craft, and community knowledge have, to imagine different climate futures? How can the open movement with its values, communities and action support the creation of these futures? And how do we actively build a sustainable and just Internet for all? Though the current crises are urgent, we acknowledge the solutions may be slow: there is much to unlearn, to reimagine, to regenerate, to build and debate together. And there is the need to uplift community practices and careful technology that support ecological sustainability and our collective liberation.
A sustainable future requires the ability to perceive possibilities that at present may seem impossible to achieve. Characterised as an effectively unfathomable ‘hyperobject’ and seemingly unsolvable ‘super wicked problem’, the climate emergency demands that we apply integrative, interdisciplinary and intersectoral approaches that incorporate an understanding of the complex interdependencies of human, non-human and more-than-human systems. Key UN reports repeatedly emphasise the need for “improved collaboration between natural and social scientists, and between scientists and policy makers”.
IMAGE Credits: Satellite image of the US-Mexico border at Mexicali-Calexico. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS and US/Japan ASTER Science Team
This conference is part of the STUDIOTOPIA project and co-funded by the Creative Europe Culture programme of the European Union.