On November 20–22, 2020, the Driving the Human Opening Festival will launch the long-term scientific and artistic collaboration of the same name. The digital festival will be hosted by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and streamed online in real-time. Open to everyone, the Opening Festival will showcase and critically engage with the urgencies of our time, publicly discussing and condensing questions and visions for shaping a sustainable and collective future by combining science, technology, and art.
Taking place in Karlsruhe and broadcast digitally across the globe, the festival invites scholars, artists, designers, and other multidisciplinary participants to launch a debate on the themes currently defining our existence — from the human to non-human, from existence to co-existence, from digital to analogue. As a catalyst for experimentation, the festival formulates the questions that will orient the next phase of the Driving the Human investigation.
Festival participants include:
Frédérique Aït-Touati, Albert-László Barabási, Michel Bauwens, Bio Design Lab (Ina Grabosch, Julia Ihls), Jan Boelen, Melanie Bonajo, Joanna Bourke, Lili Carr, Claudia Chwalisz, Alba G. Corral & Tutu, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Ariana Dongus, Jan Fermon, Sabine Faller, Anett Holzheid, Maximilian Ilse, Susanne Kadner, Michael Kaethler, Bogna Konior, Kim André Lange, Bruno Latour, Sarat Maharaj, Freo Majer, Daria Mille, Alexandre Monnin, Simone Niquille, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Alexandra Pirici, Guillaume Pitron, Lena Reitschuster, Teresa Retzer, Denis ‘Jaromil’ Roio, Vera Sacchetti, Martina Schraudner, Jeremy Shaw, Jonas Staal, Isabelle Stengers, Jenna Sutela, John Thackara, Vivien Tauchmann, Julijonas Urbonas, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Peter Weibel, Cary Wolfe, Richard D. Wolff, Feifei Zhou.
Online broadcast at drivingthehuman.com.
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About the project
Driving the Human
Seven prototypes for eco-social renewal
From 2020 to 2023, the scientific and artistic collaboration Driving the Human
becomes a catalyst for experimentation, shaping sustainable, and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Jointly led by four partner institutions — acatech, National Academy of Science and Engineering; the mentorship platform Forecast; the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design; and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe — Driving the Human will produce seven tangible prototypes responding to complex contemporary scenarios, relying on an expanded expert and knowledge network.
The community of participants, experts, and the larger audience that Driving the Human brings together will explore diverse phenomena such as the social impact of global warming, energy cycles and technology-driven disruptions, the impact of collective decision making, and contemporary processes of exchanging values and objects. The results of these explorations will be shared and communicated over the project’s three-year duration, and will deploy strategies for action in the form of physical experiences, with a strong individual and collective impact. Ultimately, they will create tools that enable new ways of envisioning and inhabiting the world.