Driving the Human
invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any other field of expertise, from anywhere in the world, to join festival organizers in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Open Call invites proposals that critically engage with the present and propose alternatives current developments and disruptions, reflecting on what makes us human, and reexamining our relationship with society, the planet, and life itself.
Proposals may connect to larger themes such as the social impact of climate change, energy cycles and our current technological acceleration, the mirror between the biosphere and the technosphere, contemporary processes of exchanging values and objects, and/or the impact of collective decision-making. Driving the Human welcomes proposals that embrace notions of urgency and radical openness as much as curiosity, interconnectedness, and new modes of collectivity across scales. Similarly, organizers encourage proposals that ask fundamental questions about the predominant narratives we exchange about the world and our role in it.
After a series of crisis, from the economic to the pandemic, it is evident that humanity and its way of living on planet earth are endangered. Fundamental questions about issues such as mass consumption, factory farming, and mass tourism need to be reflected upon. Festival welcomes new constellations for working and thinking together, connecting diverse knowledge and varied disciplines.
Selected applicants will be invited to interact with the expertise and multidisciplinary know-how of the Driving the Human partner institutions – acatech, National Academy of Science and Engineering; the mentoring program Forecast; the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design; and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe – in order to develop future-proof concepts and bring them to fruition as prototypes. Ultimately, the process and outcomes of Driving the Human become tools that enable new worldviews, and open the door to alternative ways of coexisting.
The application form can be found at the link
The application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021, at 11:59pm CET.
Applications must be submitted in English using the form below.Share: