There Is No Planet B

DI 5.10. – SO 10.10.2021

Ars Electronica Center
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(Linz, 4.10.2021) After a summer full of weather extremes, the need for a more sustainable way of life is probably beyond question. How this sustainability can be achieved, at what levels it must take place and what approaches already exist is the content of the thematic focus “There Is No Planet B” at the Ars Electronica Center.

Energy is the basis for life. The smallest organisms need it just as much as we humans do. But it’s not just our bodies that need energy; our entire society does, too: our electrical appliances, our means of transportation and our industry, for example. And where does the energy come from?

For the last few centuries, we have mainly used energy sources such as coal, natural gas and oil to meet our growing needs. But these resources are not available in unlimited quantities, and their use is harmful to the planet’s climate. We now know that the way we produce and consume energy is a major factor in global warming. Therefore, for a livable, greener future, we must take action as a global community to drastically reduce our environmental footprint on this planet.

The United Nations (UN) defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level worldwide. These 17 goals will be addressed by 17 Austrian museums on 17 dates. At the Ars Electronica Center, the focus is on “Responsible Consumption”.

An overview of the program:
Keynote, project presentation & panel discussion: On responsible consumption and production in the food and plastics sector.
TUE 5.10. 18:30 – 20:00

Sustainable Packaging vs. Foodwaste – the focus of the presentations and panel discussion is on sustainability / responsible consumption and production in the food and plastics sector. From the hotly debated packaging topic to forward-looking products, there will be something of everything.
The aim of the event is to network research, companies and the general public to openly discuss this highly topical issue. All those interested in the topics of sustainability, plastics and food protection are invited.

Deep Space Live: Under the Southern Cross – Astronomy in Chile
THU 7.10.2021 / 19:00

The lecture of Mag. DI Dr. Peter Habison takes us to the north of Chile and reports about extraordinary landscapes and special places where people have dedicated themselves to the exploration of the southern starry sky.

Guided tour: No Planet B – Climate crisis and human responsibility
SAT 9.10. & SUN 10.10.2021 / 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00

Based on considerations of the Anthropocene and current effects of human influence on the Earth, our energy needs and first steps of sustainable solutions are examined in more detail. Fascinating satellite images and visualizations make our footprint on Earth visible, and the new exhibition There Is No Planet B then illustrates the topic of energy as the basis for life, society, technology. This tour not only provides an overview of existing solutions from the fields of art, technology and society, but also offers insight into the increasing social engagement.

Lecture: Can industry operate green?
SAT 9.10.2021 / 15:00

Dr. Simon Moser of the Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz asks about challenges and solutions related to the Green Deal.

Deep Space 8K: There Is No Planet B
SAT 9.10. & SUN 10.10.2021 / 10:30, 13:00 and 17:00

Why is Earth so special? In Deep Space 8K, a series of breathtaking satellite images show not only the beauty of our home planet, but also the ways in which the effects of human activity can be seen even from space.

Workshop: The Sound of Tea / Robert Angerer, Kunstuni Linz
SUN 10.10.2021 / 14:00 – 17:00

“The Sound of Tea” vividly demonstrates how a material produced by microorganisms can emit music when combined with electronic components.

Workshop: Crafting Solar Bugs / Children’s Research Lab
SAT 9.10. & SUN 10.10.2021 / 10:30 and 14:30

Sustainable energy supply meets handicraft fun and robotics here. With small solar panels, vibration motors and a dash of creativity, colorful robot beetles can be built in this workshop, which then compete against each other in a climate-friendly race.

Workshop: „Picture Commons (ENG)“ / Maaya Makino
SAT 9.10.2021 / 15:00 – 16:30

Park, street, square…, in our city there are many common spaces. In this workshop, we will try to better design our shared living space. We use exciting ideas and insights from artistic projects to think about the future of the city. From children to adults, everyone can participate together in this free, imaginative debate!

There Is No Planet B / Credit: / Printversion

There Is No Planet B / Credit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

PLANet B / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion