Ars Electronica Theme Symposium: (Un)Earthing the Truth – Ownership and Narratives about the Planet / A More-than-Planet Conference, Photo showing:Stefan Brunnhuber (DE) Photo: Markus Schneeberger

Ars Electronica Theme Symposium: (Un)Earthing the Truth – Ownership and Narratives about the Planet

A More-than-Planet Conference

POSTCITY, Conference Hall
Fr 8. Sep 2023 11:00 – 17:00

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Through interactive sessions, keynotes, panels and workshops, we contemplate the true value of ownership and how it all relates to our relationship with nature. From the ethics of space exploration to the governance of deep-sea resources, we ask what truly is ours and how we can solve pressing problems through innovative financing of our global commons. We explore the intersection of science, technology, and the arts in addressing societal challenges and uncover the complexities of shared ownership. A deep dive into the narratives influencing nature conservation culminates in rewriting the narratives and reclaiming ownership of our relationship with nature for a sustainable and equitable future.

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What can we truly own?
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Who owns Space?
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Who owns the Deep Sea?
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Bridging art, tech and the environment
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Ownership of narratives
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The myth of tech innovation as a savior
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(Un)Earthing the Truth: Final Remarks
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  • (Un)Earthing the Truth: Final Remarks

    AC Coppens (FR)

  • Bridging art, tech and the environment

    Marleen Stikker (NL), Tero Toivanen (FI), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GB), Richard Mosse (IE)

    As part of the commons, the sea, the sky, the planet and beyond, are owned by each of us, which makes their preservation inherently problematic. When we all have access to a finite resource, we tend to exploit it for our benefit, destroying its value—this concept is known as the tragedy of the commons and…

  • Can a European wealth tax close the green investment gap?

    Jakob Kapeller (AT)

    Jakob Kapeller will summarize and review current investment projections for the EU and discuss the prospects for achieving carbon neutrality in the light of these projections. He concludes that we still lack significant investment capacity to successfully manage the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, which could be partly addressed by a wealth tax.

  • Financing Our Common Future: How to fund, hedge and manage our global commons

    Stefan Brunnhuber (DE)

    Stefan Brunnhuber is an author, psychiatrist, economist and sociologist who works on sustainable development and transformation strategies, exploring the mechanics of societal ownership of natural resources. His presentation will demonstrate the role of global commons and new financial engineerings to fund, hedge and manage them.

  • Opening Words by Georg Häusler, EU Commission

    Georg Häusler (AT)

    Georg Häusler, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in the European Commission, welcomes the participants.

  • Ownership of narratives

    Mordecai Ogada (KE)

    Who controls the narrative around nature preservation, and what does this get them? A trained spatial planner and an award-winning Kenyan journalist Mordecai Ogada has investigated and written on wildlife conservation since 2000.

  • S+T+ARTS PRIZE 2023: Presentation of the Grand Prize Winners

    Richard Mosse (IE), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GB)

    Science, technology and arts (S+T+ARTS for short) yield an extraordinarily high potential for innovation—and innovation is precisely what is called for if we are to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that we will be facing in the near future.

  • The myth of tech innovation as a savior

    Aina Abiodun (CA)

    As a storyteller who transitioned into the world of climate tech and finance, Aina Abiodun sees the prevailing narratives around climate solutions as limiting and inadequate to meet the biggest existential challenge humans have faced. Her talk challenges the dominant, Western patriarchal mindset that drives climate innovation and calls for rethinking the systems and myths…

  • What can we truly own?

    To kick off the day we invite you to participate in this playful and interactive session that delves into the concept of ownership and the value we attribute to everything that surrounds us, from material possessions to the intangible values of nature. What has value to us? How do we assess these values? What can…

  • Who owns Space?

    Sian Proctor (US)

    How does the entitlement we feel over the earth change when we look at it from outer space? SpaceX Inspiration4 Astronaut Sian Proctor is not only a pilot for the first all-civilian human spaceflight mission, but also a geology professor and science communicator.

  • Who owns the Deep Sea?

    Mekhala Dave (IN), Pradeep Singh (MY)

    The ownership of deep-sea resources is a complex issue involving international law and governance frameworks while navigating indigenous and local rights. Its conservation requires finding sustainable approaches to deep seabed mining, and for this it is critical to promote scientific research and technological advancements while managing economic interests and geopolitical tensions.

  • Workshop: Country Centered Design: A pathway for embedding Indigenous Protocols into Artificial Intelligence.

    Angie Abdilla (AU)

    Join us for an engaging and enlightening workshop led by Angie Abdilla, a palawa~trawlwoolway woman, esteemed founder, and Director of Old Ways, New. With a deep focus on Indigenous knowledge and systems, Angie bridges the realms of technology and indigenous protocols for AI. Immerse yourself in a dynamic 30-minute yarning circle, a traditional method of…


This program is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union through the More-than-Planet project.