Machine Wilderness symposium

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Machine Wilderness is bringing together experts from many different disciplines and backgrounds to explore emerging hybrid ecologies where nature, technology and art intertwine, on the 2nd of November at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.

With keynote speakers, presentations, performances and live demos this symposium navigates through current and imminent machine wildernesses. The day includes introductions to the three hands-on workshops later this year.

An introduction

The emerging climate crisis and environmental damage show that our design processes underestimate the level of exposure of our landscapes to human activity. Our infrastructures, technologies and machines are not temporary visitors to our landscapes, they are permanent inhabitants.

Machine Wilderness is an arts and science program which explores what design processes could look like if they take local conditions in landscapes as their starting point. How can our technologies relate to the subtleties and grace of natural populations, mineral flows, foodchains and layers of communication? There is a focus on environmental robotics, or 'entities' as actors in shared habitats. What does their presence mean ecologically, culturally and sociologically, within a longterm view of interacting populations surfing collectively on the geological and meteorological currents that carry them.

In this opening symposium we set out to map the hybrid relationships between our technologies and landscapes. We look forward to your participation.


The symposium features contributions (amongst others):

keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Gusz Eiben, head of the Computational Intelligence Group at VU 'Evolving Robotic Ecosystems', on evolution and artificial intelligence

keynote speaker Prof. Em. Petran Kockelkoren, philosopher and emeritus professor Art and Technology, University of Twente on landscapes and technology

Dr. Erik de Jong Special Professor of Culture Landscape and Nature in the Faculty of Humanities at UVA and Artis Academy 'on new relations to nature, Artis in the Anthropocene and the extended museum'

Nico Nijenhuis of ClearFlight solutions presents Robird their 3D printed robotic birds-of-prey

Kenzo Kusuda choreographer and dancer on how to connect with a landscape or a space

ir. Paul Roncken Assistant Professor at the department of Landscape Architecture at WU Environmental Sciences on his concept of Landscape Machines

Artist Špela Petrič will conclude 'Imbibition', the 10-day durational performance/experiment within her 'Confronting Vegetal Otherness' series

Xavier San Georgi Architect, Landscape architect & Ecologist at on technology and foodforestry



Artis Zoo, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
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