Panel 3 _Crossing Territories

9.10 | 16:00 - 17:30 online online English
What is the role of art, design and technology in the context of environmental awareness, climate crisis and our relationship with nature? Can art, design and technology help us engage with ecosystems in different ways and/or cultivate new relationships with nature, the planet and non-humans species?
Patchlab Festival, in partnership with FutureEverything, presents a series of online conversations sharing creative and innovative practices responding to environmental futures and reframing our relationships with ecosystems and the planet.  In this programme, leading artists, designers, scholars and researchers share work and methodologies that challenge and move beyond existing power structures, and fixed ways of thinking; from extraction and exploitation to new possibilities, kinships and visions for the future.


Crossing Territories
Curated by Irini Mirena Papadimitriou, FutureEverything
Creative Director 

Through their practices, artists have been recording and reflecting on changing landscapes, weather patterns and the human impact on the environment for a long time. These reflections on changing nature and ecologies have shaped and continue to shape our understanding of the environment and our relationship to it. But what can art do at times of environmental crises and what are the practices, theories and meanings behind ideas of symbiosis, and thinking as ecosystems? In this conversation we explore what listening to, learning from and working with the earth might mean, and how artistic practices could share new understandings of these entanglements.


Jakob Kudsk Steensen _DK

Jakob Kudsk Steensen is an artist working with environmental storytelling through 3D animation, spatial sound and enveloping installations. He creates poetic interpretations about overlooked natural phenomena through collaborations with field biologists, composers and writers. Projects are based on extensive fieldwork. Key collaborators include Musician ARCA, Composer and Musical Director for the Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman, Ornithologist and author Dr. Douglas H. Pratt, Architect Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, BTS, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Natural History Museum Berlin, among others.
Jakob has recently exhibited with his major solo exhibition Berl-Berl at ARoS Museum of Art in Aarhus, originally commissioned by LAS andshown in Berlin at Halle am Berghain. Additionally, his work Liminal Landswas exhibited at Luma Arles for the Preludeexhibition. He was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at the 2019 Venice Biennale. He received the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission in 2019 to create his work The Deep Listener with Google Arts and Culture. He is the recipient of the best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED (2019) at the Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, the Prix du Jury (2019) at Les RencontresArles, the Webby Award -People’s Choice VR (2018), and the Games for Change Award -Most Innovative (2018), among others.


Robertina Šebjanič _SI

Robertina Šebjanič is an artist whose work explores the biological, geo – political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. Her projects call for the development of empathetic strategies aimed at recognising the other (non-human) species. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms “aquatocene” and “aquaforming” to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments.
Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls.
Her art work Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva generator (artist proof) is since 2019 part of the .BEEP {collection;}_ Electronic Art Collection, Spain.
She exhibited / performed at solo and group exhibitions as well as in galleries and festivals: Ars electronica Linz, Kosmica festival_ Laboratorio Arte Alameda_Mexico City, Matadero_Madrid, La Gaîté Lyrique_ Paris, Le Cube_Paris, MONOM_ CTM Berlin, Art Laboratory Berlin, ZKM_Karlsruhe, re:publica_Berlin, Mladi Levi_Ljubljana, Centro de Cultura Digita_ Mexico City, Piksel_Bergen, OSMO/ZA_Ljubljana, Device art 5.015 at Klovičevi dvori_Zagreb, Eastern Bloc_Montreal, Eyebeam_New York, PORTIZMIR#3_ Izmir, Kiblix festival_Maribor, Spektrum_Berlin, KIKK festival_ Namur, +MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova)_Ljubljana.


Maya Chowdhry _UK

Maya Chowdhry is a multidisciplinary artist working with live art and installation; utilising interactive audio and sensory input to invite audiences to respond to, and create their own journey, through her climate justice artworks.  She was Ignite artist-in-residence with scholar Effie Papargyropoulou, Leeds University 2020, extending her commission – What’s Eating Reality – an immersive live art dining experience exploring food justice, which was commissioned and presented at Lancaster Arts, 2018. Soil Voicemails, commissioned for the ‘Crossed Lines ’project 2020 in collaboration with the Science Museum, she explores trans-species calling: insects leaving ‘voicemail ’messages in the soil for other insects; humans creating computer-generated whistles to telephone dolphins; and the parallel of telephone-tapping to eavesdropping by túngara frogs.
She was artist-in-residence for Critical Poetics: Care Of… at Nottingham Trent University, with a particular focus on Inter-species Care, 2021. Her most recent work, Galvanising Change, a live art piece examining climate anxiety was presented at Hulme Community Garden Centre, 2021, created as part of Net//work Residency with The British Council and Digital Art Studio, Belfast. She has continued development on this project though an #OpenLight knowledge exchange commission with scholar Erinma Ochu, Associate Professor in Immersive Media, The University of West England. Recently launched is Walk with Us, a site-specific walking app exploring climate change, coastal erosion and resilience, co-created for The National Oceanography Centre. She is currently working on You Sound Thirsty, a sonic commingling created in a time of planetary limits, for presentation at Emergency Live Art Festival, Contact Theatre, October 2022.
In 2022 she was part of SUSTAIN Artist Digital Exchange Programme, a project initiated by Castlefield Gallery (UK) and the Aarhus Centre for Visual Art (DK) aimed at facilitating explorations on how artistic practice can contribute to a low carbon culture and a low carbon future.


Irini Mirena Papadimitriou  _UK

Irini is a digital culture curator and currently Creative Director at FutureEverything. She was previously Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans. Her display, Artificially Intelligent, was exhibited at the V&A in 2018 and in 2021 she curated You and AI for Onassis Foundation in Athens, followed by Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data in 2022. Irini is a co-founder of Maker Assembly, a critical gathering about maker culture, and has been a co-curator for the Arts & Culture experience at Mozilla Festival, including the 2019 exhibition Trustworthy AI. She has been a recipient of curatorial research programmes including MOBIUS (Finnish Institute), Art Fund and Mondriaan Fonds, and she has served as a jury member for Prix Ars Electronica, D&AD Awards, Lumen Prize, EU STARTS and ACM Siggraph.
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab and cultural organisation that has helped shape the emergence of digital culture in Europe. Established in Manchester in 1995,  acts through a curated programme of events, art commissions, critical conversations, collaborative projects and prototyping, FutureEverything pushes creative boundaries and stimulates new ways of thinking, across a diverse range of sectors, disciplines and audiences. Taking an action-research, artist-led and human-centred approach, FutureEverything is passionate about bringing people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future, creating opportunities to question and reflect on the world around us.