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:
- STICHTING WAAG SOCIETY (NLD)
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 trans-disciplinary team of designers, artists, and scientists, utilising 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.
Waag Futurelab contributes to the research, design and development of a sustainable, just society by collectively researching emerging technology, and questioning underlying cultural assumptions, by experimenting with and designing alternatives on the basis of public values; and by developing an open, fair and inclusive future together with civil society.
- POHJOINEN VALOKUVAKESKUS – NORDLIGA FOTOCENTRET RY (FIN)
The Northern Photographic Centre (NPC), Oulu, Finland, is a regional photographic centre established in 1987 to operate in the Northern regions of Finland, Oulu district and Lapland. The main function of the photographic centre is to promote and develop photographic art and culture in the region. The centre organises exhibitions of Finnish and international photographic art. NPC will facilitate research labs, residencies, organise the final symposium and exhibition,
- ZAVOD PROJEKT ATOL (SVN)
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 (FRA)
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 programmes, acting as alternative educational content.
- DIGITAL ART INTERNATIONAL/ART2M (FRA)
Digital Art international (ART2M) with Makery.info, Paris, France, is a digital arts & 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. Its bilingual (French/English) online media Makery aims to cover the dynamism and give out information on the creative communities and the scene of labs, fablabs (fabrication laboratories), makerspaces (for community tinkering), hackerspaces (spaces self-managed by people wanting to divert technologies), medialabs (dedicated to new media experimentation), living labs (also known as third places, they encompass users-industries codesign in processes of innovation and experimentation), biohacklabs (the scientific, DIYbio and bioinformatics version of hacklabs), artlabs (dedicated to artistic production), ecolabs (dedicated to ecology&resilience), air&space labs (community labs in the field of aeronautics&aerospace).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme under grant agreement No 101056238.