Wednesday, 28 June
Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present. But how will it affect our culture – and how should that new culture be designed? And who should be involved in that process? If birds lay eggs, why shouldn’t humans do that, too?
After exploring possible food cultures with the Meat the Future project, Next Nature Network sets out to explore the Artificial Womb and its implications on gender, biological reproduction, relationships and love in the future. During a full-day co-creation session at Border Sessions, we will explore both the dreams and the nightmares of this emerging technology. Participants will collaborate on a series of narratives and craft together a piece of ‘design fiction’.
Pyramid of Technology
The creative process will be guided by the Pyramid of Technology, a new speculative design tool and method developed by Next Nature Network that visualizes how technology becomes nature and what we can learn from that. It helps us to dream, build and live in our next nature – the nature caused by humans. For more information about the Pyramid of Technology, click here.
Next Nature Network
Next Nature Network is the international network for anyone interested in joining the debate on our
future, in which nature and technology are fusing. For more information on the Artificial Womb project, see this article and this timeline on the website of Next Nature Network. For more information about the Pyramid of Technology, click here.
The workshop includes a presentation of the Youterus project by Nana MacLean (biologist) and Charlotte Marabito (artist).
— Duration: 10:00-17:00
— 50 participants
— Format: participants will work in small groups to produce narratives around the artifical womb and present these in a multimedial way, using objects and images placed on the Pyramid of Technology