Shared Habitats

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“Shared Habitats” – DIY-Practices for People, Machines, and Others seeks to develop contemporary artistic practices with an emphasis on the mutual exchange between actors in a shared environment. These actors include emerging and established artists, designers, educators, scientists, and thinkers from various disciplines, in environments spanning universities, laboratories, the white cube, the green cube, and cinematic spaces, as well as other locations, working with living organisms, objects and sites specific to the work being developed.

Following Jakob von Uexküll’s concept of living being’s experience based on individual Umwelt (1926), we will work on the idea of communication unfolding through interaction between art, information technologies, and bio-technologies in a shared environment. The proposed interaction will ensure our focus on bottom-up processes that support self-organizing activities and enable artists and lay people to learn from each other.

This project aims at doing things with others (DIWO) and learning from each other: we want to know how our colleagues understand life and how they use living matter in their practices. We also want to come up with a decent knowledge in a cross-disciplinary setting including arts, sciences, and engineering. Therefore we have scheduled three one-month-long residences for our participants: in Roskilde (DK), Stavanger (NO), and in rural Latvia. In between the residencies, we will have a number of pop up workshops, seminars, a festival and an exhibition for exchanging up to date discourses in arts and politics.

The project has been initiated by Institutio Media in collaboration with Bauhaus University Weimar. It is supported by Nordic Culture Point and Council for Culture of Lithuania.

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