Stories for a more-than-human world is a group exhibition with a series of talks and tours located at the historic Museum Kesselhaus within the Landschaftspark Herzberge.
The invited positions for the exhibition range from sculptures, drawings and video, to installations with electronics or living bio-matter. The main selection criteria was that the works emphasize a non-anthropocentric shift and critically or playfully investigate understandings of being human, being machine, being hybrid in a present where the impact of technology – be it on the environment or on our own bodies – is ubiquitous.
The theme of the event is a reaction to recent discussions between humanities and natural sciences about new approaches to thinking about, looking at, working with, and being inside nature. It draws references from fields of posthuman theory, new materialism, cybernetics and science and technology studies.
The increasing permeation of technology in nature has come to the point that nature seems to be inseparable, if not unimaginable, without technology. Ubiquitous examples thereof are online maps, the digitization of landscape and roads, or the engineering of natural beings such as plants and animals and their placement as products, but also the advancement of artificial intelligence in all areas of society. At the same time, most of these developments are made for humans or with human improvement in mind.
What would happen, if we manage to abandon these anthropocentric views and take on the perspective of other life forms? What reactions could such a shift of viewpoints trigger? Could humans and (conscious) machines co-exist? Can technology actually help to solve environmental issues?
more-than-human also wishes for a more humane human that acknowledges views of a pluralist and diverse universe. Being more humane by being less ego-human but more earth-bound.
This project is realized thanks to funding by the Bezirkskulturfonds Berlin-Lichtenberg.