Unlike conventional, typically top-down school learning, investigative learning promotes intellectual emancipation by facilitating horizontal knowledge transfer between students of different ages and abilities. Such an approach to learning and skill development has prompted us to design a unique web interface. It motivates creative learning so that the users, in the process, develop their own virtual assistant that gets smarter and more sophisticated with each workshop attendance.
The idea of a tool facilitating a creative process involving an interdisciplinary group motivated us to design an interactive room, a setting in which a landscape of articulated thoughts, references and sketches surrounds the innovators. The process is controlled by an innovation catalyst that ‘translates’ different professional languages into a comprehensive speech, promoting the pursuit of common goals.
StellaVerde – Inspirational prototype of precision garden as a possible scenario for sustainable food production
StellaVerde is a vertical garden, in which a functional connection between animals, plants, and robots allows plants and animals (in this case fish) to use robots according to their needs. The project accumulates three conceptual vectors addressing the future of food production with the first one being CARE via PLANT-MACHINE intercognition and interaction, which is tied to a better understanding of plants and animals inhabiting the established circular ecosystem. With the implementation of a comprehensive and constantly upgraded sensory array, consisting of sensors for soil moisture, temperature, light, humidity, gasses in the ecosystem, and individual plants and fish tanks, we are able to provide “radical care” to the plants growing in "radical conditions", according to their specific individual needs. The machine, in this case, a five-legged spiderbot …
Joana Moll is a Barcelona/Berlin-based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way techno-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include internet geopolitics, data materiality, surveillance, techno-colonialism and interfaces. Her project Carbolytics is at the intersection of art and research that aims to raise awareness and call for action on the environmental impact of pervasive surveillance within the advertising technology ecosystem (AdTech), as well as to provide a new perspective to address the social and environmental costs of opaque data collection practices.
The saturation of the media with post-catastrophic images has caused a certain desensitization, and at the same time we are fetishizing this kind of material, we want even more such thorns, our gaze falls into the trap of this reality that has become unusual.
The platform establishes an ecosystem of creative activities for the critical development of the future, works on the capacity building and educating the communities for the creative use of high technologies, and thus creates an active network of transdisciplinary activities to promote access to sustainable social and technological innovation. Within this new territory and in cooperation with the 26th Festival of Computer Arts (MFRU), we created the konS modul, where we presented works of contemporary investigative art and focused on topics of artistic production on the crossroads (art-science-technology).
The installation uses muon detectors, which trigger strong flashes of LED lights and resonating beats of electromagnets. In physics, muons are elementary particles that, like electrons, are classified as leptons. On Earth, they are produced when cosmic rays hit the upper layers of the atmosphere.
Biobot envelops a concept of bringing not only new materials but also new processes into artistic practices and from that emerges a new artistic language. It uses scientific and technological development in a non-scientific way for the artistic composition of a biological and technological body.