Machine Wilderness symposium (closed)

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2nd of November 2015

Main Entrance, building on the right

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
1018 CZ


09:30 doors open / Coffee and Tea
10:00 welcome & introduction Alice Smits & Theun Karelse
10:25 introduction Dr Erik de Jong
10:45 morning keynote Prof. Em. Petran Kockelkoren
11:15 Q&A
11:30 break
11:40 Anouk Visser & Reinier Kop
12:00 Xavier San Giorgi
12:20 Ir Paul Roncken
12:40 Spela Petric
13:00 lunch (provided)
14:00 Kenzo Kusuda
14:30 afternoon keynote Prof. Dr. Gusz Eiben
15:15 Q&A
15:30 intro parallel sessions
15:45 break
16:00 parallel sessions
– Ivan Henriques
– Judith ven der Elst
– Theun Karelse
16:45 results parallel sessions
17:00 panel debate
17:30 drinks

The symposium features contributions (amongst others):

keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Gusz Eiben, head of the Computational Intelligence Group at VU ‘Evolving Robotic Ecosystems’, on evolution and artificial intelligence

keynote speaker Prof. Em. Petran Kockelkoren, philosopher and emeritus professor Art and Technology, University of Twente ‘on the technological disclosure of landscapes’.

Dr. Erik de Jong
Special Professor of Culture Landscape and Nature in the Faculty of Humanities at UVA and Artis Academy ‘on new relations to nature, Artis in the Anthropocene and the extended museum’

Kenzo Kusuda
choreographer and dancer on how to connect with a landscape or a space

ir. Paul Roncken
Assistant Professor at the department of Landscape Architecture at WU Environmental Sciences on his concept of Landscape Machines

Artist Špela Petrič will present the works Naval Gazing and Miserable Machines, two opposing views on nature/living versus culture/technology and discuss the limits of hybridity

Xavier San Giorgi Architect, Landscape architect & Ecologist at on technology and foodforestry

Anouk Visser & Reinier Kop
, founders Dutch UAS
‘Creating technology for nature conservation; what does Dutch UAS develop, why is this technology needed and who are the users?’

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Machine Wilderness is bringing together experts from many different disciplines and backgrounds to explore emerging hybrid ecologies where nature, technology and art intertwine, on the 2nd of November at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.

With keynote speakers, presentations, performances and live demos this symposium navigates through current and imminent machine wildernesses. The day includes introductions to the three hands-on workshops later this year.


The emerging climate crisis and environmental damage show that our design processes underestimate the level of exposure of our landscapes to human activity. Our infrastructures, technologies and machines are not temporary visitors to our landscapes, they are permanent inhabitants.

Machine Wilderness is an arts and science program which explores what design processes could look like if they take local conditions in landscapes as their starting point. How can our technologies relate to the subtleties and grace of natural populations, mineral flows, foodchains and layers of communication? There is a focus on environmental robotics, or ‘entities’ as actors in shared habitats. What does their presence mean ecologically, culturally and sociologically, within a longterm view of interacting populations surfing collectively on the geological and meteorological currents that carry them.

In this opening symposium we set out to map the hybrid relationships between our technologies and landscapes. We look forward to your participation.

Theun Karelse and Alice Smits


For notes from the symposium, see:

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Contact: info[at]machinewilderness[dot]net