Possible reality. The wisdom of disappearing nature
Gdynia, al. Zwycięstwa 96/98
“If you want to know the secrets of Nature, you need to train more carefully in humanity…” Richard Powers
What if we could communicate or even collaborate with other non-human beings on our planet? That exact question was posed by scientists, designers and engineers who have recently created an innovative, disruptive technology allowing mutual communication with certain animal species. Few representatives of endangered species living in Poland, decided to become a part of the program as first volunteers. It is 2028 and in the newly established Interspecies Research Center at WUDzisław (Poland) it gets noisy and very intriguing…
And, what if we go back in time a couple of years, let’s say to… 2022, so we could experience processes and experiments that lead to this moment? How this interaction with immature, emerging technology enabling communication with other non-human creatures could look like? How would users experience it? What those experiences would tell them about the world, but also about themselves?
What does it mean to communicate with another being, different from me?
“Plausible Reality. Wisdom of the vanishing nature” – exposition is a continuation of a project started in 2020 by WUD Silesia – community related research on new technologies, user experience design, that strongly accentuates questions on designer’s responsibility in today's world. Through speculative design ideas, creators invite us to dive into the “plausible future”, where communication with other animal species is becoming a reality. By introducing quasi-technological artifacts from fictional, but feeling very real worlds, the area of discussion opens wide it’s gates. What is the meaning and direction of discovery, at times of gradually progressing human disconnection from the Nature?
Provocative technological solutions and artistic installations are inspired, among others, by a deep ecology approach. We may find out that communication with another non-human being is something else than we expect…