Section 6: ACCESS

Driving the Human Festival

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Who Has Access to Knowledge and Participation?

Who participates in the formation of political and socio-economic infrastructures and whose opinion is neglected? How can we build a system which addresses both the needs of all humans and also the necessities of non-human beings? This section investigates new models of participation, tools to challenge structural inequalities, and engages critically with digital and analogue tools.


Project presentation
Feral Atlas Collective (Lili Carr, Feifei Zhou)

The collective project »Feral Atlas« invites you to explore the ecological worlds created when nonhuman entities become tangled up with human infrastructure projects. More than seventy  field reports from scientists, humanists, and artists show how to recognize »feral« ecologies, that is, ecologies that have been encouraged by human-built infrastructures, but which have developed and spread beyond human control. These infrastructural effects, »Feral Atlas« argues, are the Anthropocene.

Panel discussion
Claudia Chwalisz (author, leads the OECD’s work on innovative citizen participation), Sasha Costanza-Chock (researcher, designer, activist), moderated by Vera Sacchetti

The panelists discuss different participation practices. Sasha Costanza-Chock describes how they are working in the field of design justice following the matrix of domination, a conceptual model that challenges dominant and unequal structures. Claudia Chwalisz brings up applied methods of participation which are being institutionalized in everyday politics and other areas of public life.

Project presentation
Jonas Staal and Jan Fermon, »Collectivize Facebook«, 2020

Collectivize Facebook engages the space of art as one of collective legal action and speculation. Jonas Staal and Jan Fermon invite the public to join a lawsuit, but also aims to mobilize the imagination when it comes to reclaiming and governing Facebook – as well as other multinational corporations – as common ownership.

Vivien Tauchmann, »Self-As-Other-Training: Household«

Vivien Tauchmann produced five »Self-As-Other-Trainings« that were shown throughout the festival. The »Self-As-Other-Trainings« address the necessity of educating our bodies through the de-contextualisation of these silent exclusions and the active embodiment of the ‘other’ in choreographed storylines, in order to evoke critical self-reflection and eventually provoke behavioral change. The work seeks to demonstrate that empathy is not only a rational capability, but also a physical state of mind through which we can reshape our connections to people beyond our known scope.

Driving the Human Festival | Section 6: ACCESS

Driving the Human Festival
November 20–22, 2020

Organized and hosted by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design

The »Driving the Human« cooperation is initiated and coordinated by four institutions: acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, the international mentoring program Forecast, the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

»Driving the Human« is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.


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