What is the nature of a 21st century human?

The masterclass will take participants on a journey that may change their view of what it means to be human in the 21st century at a time of ecological crisis by providing them with a set of conceptual tools. These take the form of ecological frameworks that will enable participants to explore and critique the boundaries of their own practices from first principles using a new existence framework. Specifically, each participant will work together in groups, where they encounter a series of challenges that reframe the way we may think about our lives, and ourselves so that we are no longer 'machine-humans' but 'ecological- humans'. Groups will be allocated guides that are dedicated to each of the four specific themes to provide continuity throughout the masterclass should participants decide to switch between projects. Perspectives from invited inspiring speakers will also be proposed, who will share their research and insights into working in ways that may be considered 'icological' – where the convergence of design, nature and technology provide new opportunities for making and being.


Participants will be invited to respond to the series of talks, presentations and discussions they will encounter during the masterclass by producing a real-estate brochure themed on one of four possible sites: 8 billion city, a starship, Venice beach or a suburban home, which raise new possibilities for living. Each of these projects invites participants to live and colonize them as ecological humans by articulating their own new understanding of the body, environment, technology and community.


How to apply?

This masterclass is taking place on 28, 29, 30 March, 2014 during the Age of Wonder festival. Professional artists, designers, writers, researchers and thinkers are encouraged to apply. Please, send your motivation why you want to join (max. 500 words) with a short CV/biography before March 14, via email to info[at]baltanlaboratories[dot]org. The fee for participants is 50,- Euros, including drinks and Age of Wonder festival passe-partout.


DEADLINE: March 14

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