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Meet the Future ...and Fiffy the Robot

Meet the Future ...and Fiffy the Robot

Meet the future with eight hands-on experiments in the big picture of human civilisation. This year, with Fiffy the robot as our special guest.

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Meet the future with eight hands-on experiments in the big picture of human civilisation. This year, with Fiffy the robot as our special guest.

“How do we want to live in the future?” With almost eight billion people and counting, we have become a serious heavyweight. Not the forests, not the oceans, not the atmosphere, it is us people responsible for the future of our planet.

In the so-called Anthropocene, human civilisation is considered to have the dominating geophysical influence on our planet, including the responsibility for its future. Having pushed the planetary envelope, we are now confronted with critical issues such as climate change, resource efficiency, biodiversity and CO2 emissions.

This year, our graduates have put themselves in the big picture of human civilisation in showcasing eight hands-on experiments. Through new dialogues with animals, speculative scenarios, unstable matter and identity-seeking artworks, we offering an invitation to join us in some exciting thought experiments.

Fiffy the robot is this year’s special guest for a bit of human self-reflection. Robotisation and artificial intelligence might support us, or save us, more than we think in our search for alternative solutions, and so we are sharing our first surprising steps in ways of working with our university’s latest employee.

Ina Turinsky

The Great Smog
At a time when ecological problems are intensifying, a concept is being introduced into scientific and public discourse that unites change and ascribes it to human impact. How do various disciplines encounter the concept of the Anthropocene? Which images are emerging in the respective jargon? This work consists of a collection of Anthropocene incidents, a reflection on how to deal with new threats, and a scenario that looks into a material future.

Vincent Dino Zimmer

Bee Peer Economy
By asking the question of what enables objects to be propertyless, I created the autonomous, automatic beehive “Bee Peer Economy”, which is the responsibility of and managed by the bees themselves. They sell their overproduced honey directly to customers but make no profit. They use the earnings for self-preservation and reproduction.

Magdalena Sophie Orland

The experimental material research is based on a theoretical analysis of the ongoing digitalisation of our society and how it impacts on our handling of textiles. This was explored by using lace as an exemplary case study through which a contemporary reinterpretation of the material could be developed.

Anne Martin

Identikit is the idea of a modular identity ‒ the „I“ in a construction set.
Each module itself is modular and represents a networked, multi-part self-image. It is the access into the in-between of a touched mass. Wooden moulds used for blowing glass opened, turned outwards and connected to form a collective body, have given the matrix of the glass corps. Shapes become areas, bodies become planes, approaching landscapes.

Andreas Wagner

A metastable design, which is based on a possible disintegration of designed things, suggests (in)capable future options as to how we could encounter Anthropocene questions at a material level. It questions the conventional division into stable and unstable structures and shows the potential in dealing with this dichotomy. It tries to counteract the accumulation of things that sooner or later stand in our way.

Max Stalter

Pigeon Guano Company
The pigeon’s image is damaged – not least because it shits a lot. One single city pigeon produces about 15 kg of excrement per year. For the Pigeon Guano Company that’s above all unused potential. Bird excrement, also known as guano, has been used as organic fertiliser for centuries. The pigeon towers of the PGC offer species-appropriate conditions in which pigeons and farmers together produce the urban fertiliser of the future.

Ezra Dilger

Anthropocene Souvenirs
In the “Anthropocene Souvenirs” project, “natural objects” made of potassium hydroxide are 3D-printed. The potassium hydroxide is able to bind CO2 from the air. The white objects become tinted violet by an indicator after complete saturation. The transformation of these objects demonstrates that there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere and opens up a discussion about how we could react to the changes in the Anthropocene.

Fiffy (special guest)

Fiffy (special guest)
Fiffy is supported by our robot residency students Robin Godwyll and Yang Ni.
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