In a world where 75 percent of the planet’s land surface is experiencing measurable human pressure, the way people imagine the planet substantially impacts the environment itself. Such environmental imaginaries are constructed by a number of underlying concepts, value systems, visual cultures and technologies used for portraying the Earth’s environment. However, these technologies are neither neutral nor inclusive of society.
The European project More-than-Planet (2022 – 2025) finds an urgency to re-examine the way people understand and picture the environment on the level of the planet as a conceptual whole, together with partners Waag (NL), Northern Photographic Finland (FI), ART2M/Makery (FR), Leonardo/Olats (FR) and Zavod Projekt Atol (SI). In a collaboration with artists, critical thinkers, and various experts from cultural, environmental, and outer space institutions, the project will address a crisis of planetary imaginary.
The underlying thought is that artists and (artistic) researchers can contribute in a unique way to face the ecological and space challenges of the world. That’s why More-than-Planet aims fo facilitate collaborative, transdisciplinary (artistic) research by conducting open calls, conferences, exhibitions and publications.
In general, the project builds on decades of individual efforts by many artists, scientists, and cultural organisations who enabled artistic production in the context of outer space, with space technologies, or even in outer space itself.
CreditsProject website: https://www.more-than-planet.eu/
Funding scheme: More-than-Planet is co-funded within Creative Europe programme by the European Union.
Duration: 1 Jun 2022 – 31 May 2025
Partner Websites & Partner info:
WAAG FUTURELAB (NL)
Waag, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a Future Lab for technology and society. Waag reinforces critical reflection on technology, develops technological and social design skills, and encourages social innovation. Waag works in a transdisciplinary team of designers, artists and scientists, utilizing public research methods in the realms of technology and society. This is how Waag empowers as many people as possible to design an open, honest and inclusive future.
POHJOINEN VALOKUVAKESKUS – NORDLIGA FOTOCENTRET RY (FI)
The Northern Photographic Centre (NPC), Oulu, Finland, is a regional photographic center established in 1987 to operate in the northern regions of Finland, Oulu district and Lapland. The main function of the photographic center is to promote and develop photographic art and culture in the region. The center organizes exhibitions of Finnish and international photographic art.
ZAVOD PROJEKT ATOL (SI)
Zavod Projekt Atol (ZPA), Ljubljana, Slovenia, is a hub for research in arts, transdisciplinary production of art projects, tactical media, situation building, publishing, education and community platforms. It has been active in the field of art and space since its beginning in the mid-90s but is now working on a structured introduction of new, younger generations into the field.
ASSOCIATION LEONARDO/OLATS (FR)
Leonardo/Olats, Paris, France, is the French/European sister organization to Leonardo/ISAST, the International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology, founded in 1968 and one of the oldest organizations in this field. Beyond its publication-documentation activities, Leonardo/Olats has developed various seminars, workshops and conferences programs, acting as alternative educational content.
DIGITAL ART INTERNATIONAL/ART2M (FR)
Digital Art international (ART2M) with Makery.info, Paris, France, is a digital arts and innovation agency based in Paris. The SME consists of a network of artists, designers, journalists and engineers and offers art exhibitions, festivals, symposiums and the production of research residencies, artworks and digital content.