testing ground for art & ecology
September 22, 2023

Debate on technology, ethics and future worldbuilding

Thomas Thwaites in conversation with Marjanne van Helvert, Marleen Stikker, and Gijs Schalkx

Following the exhibition Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow by Thomas Thwaites, there will be a debate at the Glass House on September 22nd. Registration is required.

Marjanne van Helvert (designer and researcher), Gijs Schalkx (designer), Marleen Stikker (director, Waag), and Thomas Thwaites will discuss technology, ethics and future world building. The debate will take place from 16:30 until 19:00.

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4:30 — 4:40 Introduction
4:40 — 5:00 Presentation by Marleen Stikker
5:00 — 5:20 Presentation by Marjanne van Helvert
5:20 — 5:40 Presentation by Gijs Schalkx

10 minute break

5:50 — 6:30 Discussion lead by Thomas Thwaites
6:30 — 6:45 Q&A
6.45 — 7:00 book presentation Machine Wilderness

about the speakers

Marjanne van Helvert is a designer, researcher and writer of a.o. dirty-design.net/

Marleen Stikker is internet pioneer and director of Waag, a research centre for art, technology and society.

Gijs Schalkx is an artist, designer and ‘indie engineer’ celebrating the power of D.I.Y.




Launch Machine Wilderness publication
A field guide to Machine Wilderness

Thomas Thwaites was one of the eight participants of the Machine Wilderness residencies at ARTIS Royal Zoo, which Zone2Source organised last year in collaboration with Theun Karelse of FoAM, during which he developed the concept of the Harmless Car. Thomas Thwaites, Ivan Henriques, Driessens and Verstappen, Špela Petrič, Ian Ingram, Antti Tenets and Heather Barnett each worked for several weeks in the Zoodio around an extensive public program to explore the relations between animals, plants, humans and machines in zoos.

The resulting publication A Field Guide to Machine Wilderness, with articles by Theun Karelse (foAM), Alice Smits (Zone2Source), Clemens Driessens (WUR) and the participating artists and designed by Michelle Schipper, will be presented during the Debate on Technology, Ethics and Future Worldbuilding on Friday September 22nd as part of the exhibition Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Thomas Thwaites. In this exhibition he continues his work on the Harmless Car that was inaugurated during Machine Wilderness.