Weather Engines: Workshops
Hosted by: Onassis Stegi
May 7- 8, 2022
May 12 & 14, 2022
Syngrou Avenue 107-109, 11745
The opening program of events in April for the “Weather Engines” exhibition involved a 3-day conference with talks, discussions, and performances. The program has also scheduled workshops during May. Make sure to register for these events!
Who or what gains power from satellite imagery, radio technology, and meteorological data?
Ideas about weather are entangled with feminist theories in a DIY Satellite Ground Station. A two-day workshop which challenges the dominant narratives around wireless communication.
“Unfamiliar Bites: Cooking with alien species,” led by Hypercomf, Markos Digenis
“Zeroing on Plastic: New generations thinking and designing for an alternative consuming experience,” led by Hypercomf, Markos Digenis
| Saturday, 14 May 2022
In this creative workshop addressed to children, hypercomf and marine biologist Markos Digenis will show the participants how to make their own bioplastic from corn at home, vegan leather from kombucha, but also edible spoons and cutlery from what dough.
This workshop will be a creative pop-up lab where participants will be learning, thinking, and designing for a new sustainable approach to consumer goods, packaging, and single use objects. A large amount of pollution littering the oceans is consumer good packaging and single use plastics. In an effort to complete the communication of the problem (which already includes using collected marine waste in a sustainable design proposal) this pop-up lab will attempt to target the plastic problem at its source.
This will be a pop-up lab addressed to children, presenting various motivating examples of engineering and design from around the world that address the issue of packaging, from biodegradable bioplastics, reusables, recyclables, edible solutions, new shapes and forms that reduce material use, etc. It will then provide some tangible examples and exercises that explore the new methods presented and urge the participants to experiment with materials and design sustainable solutions and alternatives to current objects and practices. Discussing when packaging can be completely avoided and how to address the situations when it would not be feasible to completely eliminate it.
The tangible examples will be demonstrations on how to make bioplastic from corn at home, how to make/grow vegan leather from kombucha and an exercise on making edible single use spoons and cutlery from wheat dough.
Energy communities and self-generation: The solution to a fair energy transition,
Led by: Greenpeace Greece & Electra Energy
| 14 May 2022
A workshop that aims to introduce participants to energy communities and self-generation. These are local, urban cooperatives, through which citizens (either as individuals or legal entities) can produce their own, clean energy.
What are the energy communities and what opportunities do they offer? How can anyone become energy-autonomous? Which are the other solutions for energy saving that can be combined with energy communities, for the most optimal results?
As the climate change shows increasingly its teeth and the global climate movement grows on in the face of the governments’ inaction to align their countries climate policies with science (limiting the planet’s temperature rise to 1,50C) before it is too late, the need for devising solutions and effectively tackling climate change becomes more and more imperative.
Focusing on energy, one of the best solutions to a fair transition is energy communities. These are local, urban cooperatives, through which citizens (either as individuals or legal entities) can produce their own, clean energy. Despite legislations that ensure favorable conditions for the establishment and operation of energy communities in our country, there is still a lack of information and support to citizens for issues pertinent to self-generation and self-consumption of clean energy. Participation of the citizens themselves in the energy transition is unavoidable. Renewable sources are the future of energy. Solar and other sources of clean energy are the elemental part of the solution to climate change and must replace fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas the soonest possible, in order to secure a sustainable future for our societies and children.
On rooftops and in farmlands, a peaceful revolution has begun: the democratization of the energy sector. Greenpeace Greece and Electra Energy work together in order to spread such initiatives across country, always with regard to energy democracy, that is, each one of us being able to produce and consume as much energy is needed to cover their needs, be autonomous and, the most important, contribute to the planet’s protection.
Workshops are part of part of the parallel program of the exhibition “Weather Engines” and are realized within the framework of Studiotopia network, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.