Scenario #6 - The End of the World

(As we know it)

A Scenario ticket includes free entrance (same day) to STRP EXPO 2020.

With: Antoine Bertin, Pupul Bisht, & Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide
When: April 2nd, 15:00-18:00

We have been living in the Anthropocene since the Industrial Revolution. It is a geological demarcation of the time in which mankind rules the Earth. We learned to dominate natural processes, and we deem ourselves superior towards nature and the planet. We contribute to the change in the atmosphere and, so doing, we form an influencing factor in our planet’s future.

How do we view the future? What does the Post-Anthropocene look like? What happens if we seize being the leading factor of our surroundings, and we free ourselves from a philosophical superiority?

‘The end of the world is,’ in the words of Timothy Morton, ‘the end of the idea that humans are the only people who have a world on this planet’. This notion presents quite a challenge for us, and it might be impossible to fully grasp this universality. We will never know what it feels like to be a tangerine, a Mars rover, or a mouse. What we can do is think about other ways of coexisting, and where we stand in relation to non-humans.

At STRP Scenario #6, we will try to see ourselves in both an ‘other,’ and a ‘something’. We will not focus on dystopias and utopias, but we will use imagination, visualization and vulnerability to explore the common connections between humans, objects, living creatures, atoms and molecules. What does it mean to be a human, a plant or a planet?

Antoine Bertin

Antoine Bertin

When it comes to science, feeling and exploring his surroundings, Antoine Bertin relies on his hearing. His work is a mix of immersive soundscapes, interactive stories and tactile exploration. He was previously seen (and heard) in Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Palais de Tokyo and on Sonar+D. Bertin is in collaboration with Marshmallow Laser Feast, The Guardian VR and NTS Radio. He also runs his own ‘sound experience’ studio: Sound Anything.

Antoine Bertin is one of the winners of the ACT Awards 2020. The work he created for that, Species Counterpoint, will be on view in the STRP Festival 2020 Exhibition.

Pupul Bisht

Pupul Bisht

As the initiator of Decolonizing Futures, designer Pupul Bisht promotes storytelling as a great vehicle to change designing of and in the future. As a graduate in Strategic Foresight (future studies), Bisht has an eye for change and for recognizing historic trends that repeat themselves in the here and now.

Bisht is one of the first to develop a non-Western method for looking ahead and uses storytelling as a way of reframing existing scenarios for the future. She now travels all over the world to help others learn from her research and to encourage them to active participate in the dialogue. “If we want to change the future and how we act towards the future, we have to change how we talk about the future.”

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide Martha Stroo

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide is the new exhibitions curator at Van Abbemuseum. Her interests lie in diverse intersecting perspectives – institutional, trans-local, feminist, queer, intersectional, and modes that decentre the oppressor in practices of freedom and liberation – to influence art institutional practices.

Previously she was deputy director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. In response to the questions of how as artists and art institutions we can engage with climate crisis, van der Heide will present a climate justice code drafted by the editorial and steering committee of the second Assembly for commoning art institutions. The developing code aligns itself with the climate justice movement, which stands for system change over climate change, and calls for artists and art institutions to employ the power of imagination where climate crisis is concerned.

& Time

  • 2 Apr
    15:00 – 18:00

How to get there?

Tramstraat, Centrum 37
5611 CN Eindhoven