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 is Vorloren, an urban movement currently filmed by Canvas TV.

INVASIVE looks at how a simple design proposal around a glitch in the system has become a powerful form of activism.

By reopening our perception of how even the most ‘natural’ biotechnology interventions taken for granted in the background of our city, the project is resurfacing a clash of value between what we do and what we believe in. Initiating an ongoing mass public experiment involving the locals, chefs and nutritionists, pest control agencies, the scientists, the hunter, the mayoral office and the national TV station, my proposal has become a platform on an urban scale of empowering grassroots organisations and presenting uncomfortable dilemmas.

The film is showing at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut and I’ll be presenting it tomorrow at Open Design Conference at Barcelona Design Festival.

Written by Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community. The emergence of clicktivism – to protest at the click of a mouse – is trivializing activism. Lisa argues that although activism doesn’t necessarily benefit from technology, we need to evolve how activism contributes to technological societies. To illustrate this, she designs dilemmas and creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.

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