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5 NOV – 15 DEC 2020

ONLINE

Let's design for an interconnected world. Multi Multi is a two-months online platform dedicated to questions on the role of design for sustainability and ecological problems. Climate change and environmental sustainability have become widely recognized as the most significant and pressing concerns of our time. Design as the shaping of society and nature can critically reflect and change the destructive status quo; at the same time, design perpetuates and reinforces environmental damage caused by its actions. More

 
 

upcoming events

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust

FRIDAY DEC 4, 2020 5 PM – 7 PM CET, ONLINE 

The third reading group focuses on the thoughts of J.K. Gibson-Graham and Ethan Miller, who point to a marginalized understanding of the economy and how this has generated violence, inequity, and unforeseen impacts on survival for humans and more-than-human communities. The aim of this reading group is to reflect on the design-economy: How to evaluate economical structures and mechanisms of our own daily work to reach a more diversified and inclusive understanding of the economy. More info

 
 

FRIDAY DEC 4, 2020 7 PM – 9 PM CET, ONLINE 

 

Trajna Collective

Trajna is a design-led collective that works towards supporting multispecies’ livelihoods by exploring the sustainable production of goods and infrastructures in Slovenia and beyond. With an interest in problems that arise with the spread of ‘invasive’ species, we run Notweed paper, a local paper brand that offers printable paper made from invasive plants and participate in the APPLAUSE project. This 3-year project, coordinated by the city of Ljubljana, is oriented in setting up new circular economies by turning the biomass More info

 

Photo: Fritz Schlüter

 

SATURDAY DEC 5, 2020 10 AM – 3 PM CET, ONLINE 

Spolka Collective

There is no such thing as a tabula rasa in the environment that surrounds us. Any space can be understood as a messy network, full of entangled entities and relations of human and non-human actors. Via mapping we sensitize ourselves to these relations, give them critical attention and subvert the “objective” map that describes the space from the top view. By slowing down and mere observation, using any sense possible we can even fall in love with the space. Thus, this mapping exercise aims to expand collective perception and More info

 

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust

THURSDAY DEC 10, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

We are once more leaving human-centeredness behind and try to stay in trouble with Plant-Thinking or Phytocentrism. Following Michael Marder’s concepts directly and through the eyes of Jennifer Hamilton we are “greening our human consciousness”. We aim to understand multispecies entanglements beyond anthropomorphic concepts that translate living beings as “somehow human” and ask what becomes into being anyway? Finally, the ongoing question of Multi Multi is, how this feedbacks to critical, speculative, or everyday More info

 
 

Photo: Johanna Schmeer

TUESDAY DEC 15, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

Johanna Schmeer

In a time when the anthropocentrism of Western thinking and acting is under increased scrutiny for its role in the ecological and social crises of our time, new imaginaries and design approaches that question human-centrism and open up paths towards alternatives are needed. In her talk on Xenodesign, Johanna Schmeer will give an insight into her design practice which develops a posthuman methodology for design that enables a form of transversal engagement — seeking to overcome dualisms between human and More info

 

THURSDAY DEC 17, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

In a time when the anthropocentrism of Western thinking and acting is under increased scrutiny for its role in the ecological and social crises of our time, new imaginaries and design approaches that question human-centrism and open up paths towards alternatives are needed. In her talk on Xenodesign, Johanna Schmeer will give an insight into her design practice which develops a posthuman methodology for design that enables a form of transversal engagement — seeking to overcome dualisms between human and More info

 
 

Photo: Sebastian Engler

 

LISTEN TO RECORDING

 

Lucia Kolesárová

I invite you to a space where we will build up knowledge that appeals not only to our reason and the mind, but the whole body with all its senses. We will explore, perceive, and deepen our understanding of the world we are inherently a part of. We will experience our surroundings in the search for interconnectedness. We will "Think like a mountain" with Aldo Leopold, and call for the appreciation of  the profound interdependence of all the constituent parts of the ecosystem. More info

past 

events

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust

THURSDAY NOV 5, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE

The first reading group aims to lay the ground for the upcoming weeks. The two texts should put you in the mood for leaving behind old habits of dualistic thought and pigeonholing. They rather focus on the interconnectedness of human and more-than-human beings and relations within the environment. Following the authors’ ideas, we aim to explore languages to attempt to grasp these complex ecologies. More info

 

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MONDAY NOV 9, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

The second reading group focuses on the thoughts of anthropologist Tim Ingold who tries to overcome dualistic conceptions of human intercourse with the world by rethinking our relation to materiality, form, perception, and making. Our aim is to use Ingold’s onto-ecology as a fertile ground for a discussion about design practices as material conversations within a meshwork of ongoingness. More info

 

THURSDAY NOV 12, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

Michaela Büsse

In recent years, several design theories have emerged that challenge the human-centredness of the discipline and rethink design as a means to get attuned to the material world (see Ingold 2007, 2013), as a mediating element between humans and environment (see Willis 2006; Fry 2012), or the figure of the designer as someone who possesses the power to compose more just relationships between humans and non-humans (see Yaneva 2015). In my lecture, I will give an overview of some of the concepts discussed within the More info

 

Photo: Zuri Camille de Souza

MONDAY NOV 16, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

Zuri Camille de Souza

Living in cities, we often feel distanced from green spaces, yearning for nature and the sense of well-being it offers us. But what does this ideal nature comprise of?  And who has access to it? Through a workshop that suggests how we might explore and document the complex ecosystems that exist in city-centers, suburbs and urban sprawl, we will learn how to create a herbarium that is both botanical and political, engaging with the flora that surrounds us in an interdisciplinary and perhaps, gentler way - bringing narratives of equality and More info

 

Photo: Boglárka Kurka Ivanegová

MONDAY NOV 23, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

Boglárka Kurka Ivanegová

We live in a world made possible through the interaction and interrelation of multiple environmental and social systems. They highlight the interconnected, mutually dependent, and dynamic relationships between humans and the environment. By now, we know that system within which we operate, dominated by humans, is fundamentally unsustainable. The United in Science 2020 report presents up-to-date information on the state of climate change. It shows how “human-induced climate change is affecting life-sustaining More info

 

THURSDAY NOV 26, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

Joanna Boehnert

The political economy governs design economies and determines the so-called “unintended consequences” of processes of production, shipping, use and disposal. The political economy of design refers to the ways economic forces shape the design industry and the resulting roles that design plays in society. Refocusing attention and directing design towards sustainable and socially just ends depends on an interrogation of how particular priorities are determined in the first place. An expanded political economy of More info

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ORGANIZED BY 

Research Institute of Botanical Linguistics (RIBL) is a design and research collaboration between Lucia Kolesárová from Košice, Daniela Rota from Zurich, and Meike Hardt from Cologne, since 2017. RIBL's main aspiration is to explore interdependencies between humans and non-humans as a response to the Anthropocene and its stated negative impact on nature. Our goal is to question human-centered knowledge production and design strategies to overcome the unequal distribution of power and exploitation.

Multi Multi is organized with great help by Marius Förster operative.space.

 
 
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