Core Questions
  • How can the speculative approach opened up through artistic practice be structured in such a way that leads to tangible, practical implementation in design, architecture and engineering? That is, how can the exploration of a problem-space inform actual problem-solving?
  • How do we rethink our relationship with the environment, specifically, how can we think beyond and overcome limiting oppositions such as nature and culture / nature and technology? Furthermore, how do we develop artistic and pedagogical strategies that make obvious that biological (nature) and computational (technological) systems are not fundamentally different?
  • How do we develop artistic and pedagogical strategies that are not oriented towards differences in terms of substrate (for instance, carbon or silicon) but that are aimed at recognizing diverse intelligences across all of those substrates and the potential of design practices to leverage the collaboration and integration thereof?
  • How do we create new ways of working together across disciplines as much as across species both so as to develop radical imaginaries of possible futures as well as to find ways of their collaborative implementation and sustainment?
  • How do we teach with care for one another so that this teaching can translate into finding ways of design that are based on repair, regeneration, coexistence and solidarity across species and intelligences?
  • How can we think of technological progress and societal transformation as intertwined, and as thus not only augmenting and enhancing the human but as primarily opening up new ways for relationships between different forms of cognition, specifically forms of cognition that emerge through this technological progress?
  • How do we design both inclusively and how do we design inclusivity? Meaning, how do we rethink inclusivity in light of new emerging forms of cognition, synthetic organisms, machines, and
    not to mention the ongoing failures to recognize the intelligence of other biological organisms? How do we design in a way that accommodates all forms of life and cognition?