HYBRID MATTERs

Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström

Hybrid Matters

Our postdoctoral research between 2014 and 2016 at UID has been carried out within the framework of HYBRID MATTERs; a Nordic art&science network program which investigates hybrid ecologies, the convergence of our environment with technology and essentially the intentional and unintentional transformation of our planet through human activity.

In a hybrid ecology biological actors like humans, animals and plants share a life-world with machines, networks and increasingly also genetically altered organisms and other post-natural actors. A hybrid ecology is a thought vehicle which enables us to expand our concept of the environment, to re-evaluate our idea of an external nature and to rethink our relationship to the world. As we humans drive this process of hybridization we are part of the biological and technological. HYBRID MATTERs asks how we can address both ends and develop respectful and mutually beneficial forms of co-existence.

We explore designerly public engagement, drawing on participatory design, speculative design, critical making and feminist technoscience.

As part of HYBRID MATTERs we invite to a series of public engagement events where we engage with how we can continue to live with or without plastics. The latest experiment is on composting plastics. See more on: http://invitations.hybridmatters.net

During our postdoctoral period at UID, we have also arranged an international symposium, Care, maintenance, repair and mending, in June 2016.

Publications

For non-Umu-publications, see: forskning.mah.se/id/k3asst

Particularly: mitpress.mit.edu/books/making-futures