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Deploy or Die

Speculative design cannot hide behind the comfort of just conversing within a well-respected community on prestigious science funds. We need to release these ideas into the real world and be prepared for misappropriations, scary responses and learn to answer to their consequences.

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Invasive

  What if your tax money was used to kill animals?   This film sponsored by Near Now and The Arts Council documents the core story around my adventures with invasive animals in Ghent. The project Human Invasives Interactions was done with the collaboration of Timelab that gave birth the the Atelier de Stad Niet … Continue reading

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Do you believe in life after design?

I’ve been trying to come to a closing to the project of an urban movement that has started from a design proposal around eating instead of destroying invasive animals and plants with the “Vegetarian Capital of Europe”. As I wait for the aftermath to round off and become a ‘packagable story’, I realised that designing a platform of activism … Continue reading

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Bioluddites with Fo:AM

How do you define ‘biotechnology?’ I stopped dead. This was the beginning presentation to my week’s intensive Micro-Residency at Fo:AM. I didn’t quite realize the emphasis on the word ‘intensive’ when founder Maja Kuzmanovic first proposed it to me. It definitely sounded fantastic that the whole core team was offering to spend the whole week … Continue reading

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Fish, Fridges and Voyeruism

I’ve recently had the most reflective conversation with my grandma. She’s a health nut. In China’s increasingly relatively wealthy ageing population, I proud to reflect that my granny, with her lack of internet communication and cataract eyes, has been contributing to her local economy of pushy ‘caring’ health-pill sellers. We were having a serious conversation … Continue reading

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From Cat Killers to Kitty Activism

A journalist sent me down a rabbit hole with an economist that wants to get rid of all cats in New Zealand… http://garethsworld.com/catstogo/ I was stuck. I wince at the imaginary online screaming match. This is no-go area: pointing out the white elephant in the room and something that is logically totally obvious but abuses … Continue reading

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Activism vs… Death threats?

I’ve been excited to find myself in Nottingham, surrounded by what could be considered to be the earlier starters of activism, the Luddites. Luddites are seen as people who protested against the industrial revolution, by famously throwing shoes into looms.  According to my initial research with local historians, Luddites were in fact lace-makers that wanted a … Continue reading

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An Animal is not an animal & giraffe contraception

In Berlin last spring, a florist sees what she presumes to be a very ugly dog stroll into her shop. She calls the police describing what she rapidly realizes is a wild boar. So the police department called the city hunter… There’d been a recent pandemic about wild boars rapidly breeding in the well-conserved city … Continue reading

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Human Invasive Interactions

Being an puppy-cooing, cashmere-wearing city girl,  I am not the first choice for someone to follow on a goose hunting trip. Then again, this is no ordinary hunting trip. The world of conservation and hunting first appears to be at opposing ends, until the animal in mind happens to be invasive. As mentioned, I’m a … Continue reading

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Vegetarians to Naturtarians?

My research with animals arrives in Ghent, in the Flemish region of Belgium. With a population of a quarter of a million, Ghent has an extraordinary social discipline. Every Thursday, shops and restaurants replace their meat menus for vegetarian and animal-friendly alternatives. Being a vegetarian here is a status symbol of independence, possibly reacting against the … Continue reading

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