Have we met? presents a series of projects advancing equality in multispecies cohabitation, including a project that invites non-humans to come and play. Other tools show how humans can reorient themselves towards non-humans by employing such methods as deep listening, sensing the earth’s magnetic field and, as such, learning how birds find their way.
KABK Den Haag x Leiden University
ArtScience is an interdisciplinary programme fostering a research-led approach to art at the University of the Arts The Hague.
- Rodrigo Delso is a 'chronopath' interested in the temporal variable in built environments. He co-founded studio Jard, dedicated to research into artificial and automatic architectures, and teaches on the ArtScience interfaculty programme.
- Eric Kluitenberg is a theorist, writer, curator and educator working between art, design, technology and science. He teaches on the ArtScience interfaculty and Interactive Media Design programmes at the University of the Arts The Hague.
- Philip Groubnov is an interdisciplinary artist investigating the relationship between human culture and non-human beings.
- Christine Hvidt is an interdisciplinary artist interested in systems thinking, exploring how to nurture and strengthen human sensibilities towards nature.
- Andrzej Konieczny is a composer and musician specialising in contemporary electronic and improvised music in all multimedia genres.
- Alexander Köppel is an artist, spatial designer and musician fusing sound and space to create installations, performances, and architectural investigations.
- Leon Lapa Pereira merges making and thinking with intergenerational environments, exploring new ecologies between humans and non-humans.
- Vivien Vuong works with sensory participation, responsive materials, and environments that foster human awareness of the other, whose current research explores the intricacies of breathing to create new more-than-human technologies.
Bodemzicht was founded by Anne van Leeuwen and Ricardo Cano Mateo as a regenerative demonstration farm in the Netherlands. Regenerative agriculture helps grow living soil, capture CO2, build communities and increase biodiversity as well as making a profit. Their work explores a shift in Dutch agriculture from far-reaching, exhaustive monocultures to grounded, resilient farms. They start from 21st century challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and the farmer crisis, translating these concerns into a carbon positive, biodiverse and profitable agricultural project that revolves around communities.
Dear Hunter is an artistic research practice producing cartopological maps and atlases. The practice was established in 2014 and works predominantly with governments across Europe to map the everyday realities of public space with the aim of better understanding it. The team – Marlies Vermeulen and Remy Kroese – are developing the Institute of Cartopology in order to intensively question and share the discipline of cartopology.
The Embassy of the North Sea
The Embassy of the North Sea believes that diversity is in the interest of all life, thereby necessitating direct political representation of the sea and the life within it. Founded on the principle that the North Sea owns itself, the Embassy listens to and involves the voices of plants, animals, microbes and people in and around the North Sea. It plans to firstly learn how best to listen to the sea before learning to speak with it, with the aim of negotiating on its behalf and all the life that it encapsulates.
Joost Emmerik is a garden and landscape architect driven by the power of and need for gardens today. He searches for simplicity, combining clear lines, robust materials and luscious planting to create places that grow more exuberant over time. Emmerik sees the garden as a world in itself, equal to a house but belonging to nature. He is a member of the Talent Building Committee at the Creative Industries Fund NL, and is head of the Master's landscape architecture programme at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist interested in the future of the human-made body as a wilful entity, and building robots inspired by animal forms and behaviours. His works are often intended to cohabit and interact with animals as well as to explore humanity's relationship with non-humans – the interface between the built and the grown.
Interspecies Play is a project derived from the Design Investigations programme at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, by students Takuma Kikuchi, Lucy Li, Florian Sapp and Alan Schiegl.
- Alan Schiegl is a viennese designer focusing on digital and electronic arts. He studies Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts and has a background in economics and physics.
- Florian Sapp is a Viennese designer who studies Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts. His projects often focus around the topic of climate change and native animals.
- Lucy Li is a “prototype” designer. Her work is sociopolitical and intrinsically optimistic. She likes to illustrate through design possibilities.
- Takuma Kikuchi is a Japanese designer who studies at Design Investigations. His works start with a question to explore the unknown and he makes use of design to find the answer.
Theun Karelse explores the edges between art, environment, technology and archaeology. His recent works are research programmes with fieldwork as a means of critical reflection. Alongside diverse teams, he addresses location-specific topics using in-situ prototyping, experimentation and direct perception.
Fiona Middleton is an interdisciplinary researcher in critical ocean literacy, blending forms of knowledge to experiment with constructions and expressions of ocean and earth systems. She is a PhD student at the University of Southampton, working on research & community for the ocean-focused art foundation TBA21-Academy, where she was a research fellow in 2020.
Ania Molenda is an independent Rotterdam-based researcher, curator and writer, as well as co-founder and director of research and publishing platform Amateur Cities. Her work focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of spatial practices, developing new forms of debate that bring different disciplines together. Since 2017, she has been involved in research on technical and cultural aspects of dealing with complex digital archives, and in 2018 was a co-recipient of Dutch Design Award in Design Research for Amateur Cities and New Generations.
New Instinct is a collaborative project developed from the Urban & Nature course at Tongji University in China. It centres on discovering, respecting and engaging with the natural world in modern urban life.
- Keer Hu is studying bioengineering and translational medicine at Tsinghua University, researching the intersection of biology and design.
- Yuzhi Liu is a designer looking for alternatives to techno-solutionism while studying the Master's in Design for Change at Edinburgh College of Art.
- Jiafeng Zhu is studying Human Computer Interaction at Illinois Institute of Technology, focusing on the integration of tangible and intangible product solutions.
Gailė Pranckūnaitė and Mislav Žugaj
Gailė Pranckūnaitė and Mislav Žugaj graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and later lectured there, fusing their practices to focus on experimental typography and design as a tool for collaboration, ethnographic research, and activism. Gailė Pranckūnaitė is a Vilnius-based graphic designer of experimental typography, and teacher at the Vilnius College of Design. Mislav Žugaj is a graphic designer interested in science, studying medicine at the University of Amsterdam.
Brynjar Sigurðarson of Studio Brynjar & Veronika creates work driven by theatrical and natural references, often linking anthropology and geology, and using media such as drawing, video, sound and photography. Much of his work deals with Icelandic fishing and harbour environments, initiated after a stay in Vopnafjörður, a remote fishing village. Since then, the studio has worked on 'exercises' and examinations in how to translate shapes, materials and details from that environment to create a visual universe speaking the language of the village.
Studio Ossidiana (Giovanni Bellotti, Alessandra Covini with Pedro Daniel Pantaleone, Konstantin Beck) works at the crossroads of architecture, visual art and design, balancing research and fabrication to explore innovative approaches to design. In 2018, the studio was awarded the Prix de Rome, the most prestigious prize in the Netherlands for architects under the age of 35.
- Giovanni Bellotti is a Rotterdam-based architect, researcher and partner at Studio Ossidiana. He has a degree from the University of Venice and TU Delft as well as a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT. Bellotti has practiced architecture in Europe and the US, and worked as a researcher with TU Delft’s The Why Factory and MIT’s Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.
- Alessandra Covini is an architect and researcher based in Rotterdam. She studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht after receiving her Master’s in architecture from TU Delft. In 2015 she co-founded Studio Ossidiana and was awarded the ‘Young Innovator’ title by the Dutch State Architect in 2018.
During the opening days of Have we met?, curator and writer Maia Kenney sat down (virtually) with Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Belotti of Studio Ossidiana to discuss the process of and philosophy behind their design for the Dutch pavilion at the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition. Find the interview below.
Julian Abraham 'Togar'
Julian Abraham 'Togar' believes all things are connected: from atoms to societal structures, and is interested in how new, sustainable support systems can be affected even through small interventions. The majority of his practice derives from listening to rhythms and systems to preserve, initiate, intervene, support, negotiate, hack or question.
Sander Turnhout has published books, articles and stories on literature, postmodernism, globalisation, biology, and nature conservation throughout the last 20 years. A nature conservationist and researcher, he manages multidisciplinary teams and organisations and is editor for several scientific publications. He has participated in projects and debates in the non-profit creative industry, and in 2020 received his PhD from the Radboud in Science and Technology Studies.
Leena Valkeapää and Oula A Valkeapää
Leena Valkeapää and Oula A Valkeapää live on the northern Lapland fells where no roads can reach them. Leena Valkeapää works as an environmental artist and researcher into multidisciplinary groups, while Oula A Valkeapää continues his family’s tradition of reindeer herding. They work surrounded by natural phenomena, sharing an interest in engaging with the deeply individual experience of nature.
Since 2010 Studio GISTO has been developing design and research projects, in collaboration with institutions, companies and other realities. The approach used pays attention to the resources present in the context, sustainability of materials and circular development processes.