ABOUT TECHNO-ECOLOGIES PROJECT
Everyday life has become so intimately interwoven with complex technological ecologies that we can no longer consider technology as the alienating other. A careful consideration of the relationships between the natural and the artificial is required. The idea that we ‘inhabit’ technological ecologies emphasizes our connectedness to our environment (material, natural, technological) and our dependence on the resources available there (material, energetic, biological, cultural). Mastering these conditions, which necessarily transcend the personal experience, is vital to our survival on this planet.
Techno-Ecologies builds upon the concerns of Felix Guattari (the French philosopher and co-conspirator of Gilles Deleuze) about the lack of an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth has undergone in recent times. Guattari urges to take three crucially important ‘ecological registers’ into account: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.
Beyond questions of finite resources and obvious forms of pollution and environmental degradation, attempts to develop sustainable relationships with technology and our living environment should take into account far more complex layerings of the way we inhabit our current technological ecologies. Such a deeply informed ethical and philosophical perspective is indispensable if we hope to find less hazardous routes into the future.
The idea of techno-ecologies was first proposed in 2011 by Eric Kluitenberg, Dutch media theorist and writer, who was invited by RIXC to develop conceptual framework for future development of RIXC’s networked initiative, which started with Art and Renewable Energy Technologies in 2009. In a result of these a new collaborative initiative Renewable Network was launched. This network unites artists seeking for new ways and other approaches in the quest for sustainable future followed by an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration artists who are part of this network are working in rural and urban environments, combining art and agriculture, information networks and energy industry, nature and technology, cultural heritage and modern sustainable architecture solutions, knowledge by professional artists, scientists and traditions in local communities, etc.
The idea of the project is to make the important next step not only to disseminate the results of novel artistic research on sustainable future to wider public (through project activities), but also to extend the level of collaboration by linking up the NGO field (culture, social, activism) with established institutions (universities, museums), thus integrating these new (or other ) experiences into an existing (culture and education) system and allowing the project to achieve the aim of contributing to the greater benefit for the society.
The Techno-Ecologies project is devoted to building a collaboration platform, which will support artistic and creative explorations towards sustainable future development. The core of the project consist of 3 countries Finland, Latvia and Serbia with external collaboration with France, Litvania and Netherlands (Baltan Laboratories /The Netherlands/, Ars Longa /France/, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Arts Academy /Lithuania, Van Abbemuseum /The Netherlands/, Chant des Possibles /France/.
The overall goal of Techno-Ecologies project is two-fold. The first is to develop a perspective that treats our connectedness to our environment (material, natural, technological) and our dependence on the resources available within that environment (material, energetic, biological, cultural) with serious consideration, as mastering these conditions are vital to our survival on this planet. Cultural, social and ecological sustainability, and a diverse understanding of technology as an extension of our desires are the building blocks that we want to bring together in creating this perspective.
This project is supported by The EU Culture Programme