More-than-Planet Symposium

In a world with 75% of the planet's land surface experiencing measurable human pressure, the way people imagine the planet substantially impacts the environment itself. Such environmental imaginaries are constructed by a number of underlying concepts, value systems, visual cultures and technologies used for portraying the Earth's environment. However, these technologies are neither neutral nor inclusive of society.  

Art-driven collaboration

The symposium will showcase some of the iconic transdisciplinary works of art, discuss art-driven collaborations as developed through number of S+T+ARTS projects addressing the shared understanding of socio-environmental troubles, and discuss the necessary next steps. For this symposium, we've teamed up with Old Observatory Leiden.

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How are these iconic works produced and made? What is their point of departure? How do transdisciplinary projects function? And how can space and earth researchers collaborate with artists? More on a meta-level: how do art works contribute to how space policy is done? The aim is to work towards inclusive environmental observations and to highlight invisible stories. 

•    Opening Remarks
•    Reimagining the Planet. Artists and creatives play a vital role in reinventing how people engage, observe, and think about their socio-environmental world. Several remarkable projects will demonstrate how artistic innovation and concerned perspectives contribute to what is more than a planet as it appears at first sight.
•    Art-driven transdisciplinary research and innovation. Several European efforts have developed methods of collaboration between artists, researchers, technology providers, industry, and local stakeholders, as well as more non-human environmental actors, in recent years. This session will provide some insights and an opportunity to discuss them.
•    Lunch
•    What’s next? The ambition of a three year More-than-Planet project is to develop a pathway toward a framework that will establish a shared ground for transdisciplinary cooperation between artists, space researchers, and innovators.
•    More-than-Planet exhibition guided tours


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The More-than-Planet exhibition

This Symposium highlights works from the More-than-Planet exhibition at the Old Observatory Leiden. The symposium is an offline event. You can visit the exhibition from 1 July until 31 December 2022 as well. For more info, go to waag.org/morethanplanetexpo.

About S+T+ARTS 

Science, Technology and the Arts (STARTS for short) is a European Commissioned initiative that supports the collaboration between the three disciplines. By handing out two yearly STARTS Prizes, the aim is to foster innovation in order to tackle economic, social and technological challenges that face today’s Europe. Waag is one of its consortium partners next to Ars Electronica and Bozar Brussels, amongst others.


More-than-Planet Symposium

This symposium is presented in the framework of the More-than-Planet project, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and the STARTS Prize 2021-23 project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603. This event is an official EuroScience Open Forum Leiden satellite event. 





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This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603.