Calling all eco-tech allies, urban rewilders, biomimics, futurists, and all curious and creative humans invested in the future of our planet...
The Sovereign Nature Initiative welcomes you to our first Experimental Zone ("EZ1"), a unique in-person celebration of ecology, art, theory, and emerging technologies, produced in partnership with De Ceuvel.
We invite you to Amsterdam for a day of imagination, experimentation, and revelry in a special space where nature has a voice and value. This event will showcase immersive works by Marshmallow Laser Feast and the social justice project Breath for Sale, in addition to featuring an amazing array of world-class artists, thinkers, and innovators whose Earth-changing ideas are in bloom.
Accompanied by local musicians, dancers, and installation artists, we will celebrate emerging ideas and technologies from the Sovereign Nature Initiative ecosystem into the night and the future beyond.
Sovereign Nature Initiative CEO Catherine Bischoff will share SNI's vision for a nature-centric future and De Ceuvel will present their ecological land trust model and role in Amsterdam's arts and innovation communities.
12:30 - Experimental Showcase: New Technologies for Valuing Nature
Hear from leading participants of Sovereign Nature Initiative's recent hackathons as they share their solutions that consider the value and identity of nature in innovative ways. These technologies promise to lock value in nature beyond human exploitation, enabling systems that ensure a thriving planet. Speakers include Yannick Zehnder,Chris Harris, Sarah Friend, Robin Lehmann, and Mark Siebert.
13:00 to 16:00 - Workshops, Tours, Activities
Make seed bombs! Learn about hydroponics! Take a tour of the De Ceuvel space with landscape architect Anke Wijnja. Dancers and nature ambassadors will be present to further expand your eco-consciousness.
14:00 - Embassy of the North Sea: "Listening to the political voice of The North Sea"
14:30 - Art Talk: Algorithms, Artistic Immersion, and Empathy for Nature
An amazing group of artists working at the intersection of technology and nature will share their experiences regarding algorithmic interpretations of organic life, empathy for non-human perspectives, and the possibility of translating nature's intelligence and point of view through immersive artworks. Speakers include Barney Steel, Olav Huizer, Daniela Gandorfer, andAna Prvački.
16:00 - Tech Talk: Crypto-Ecology: Web3 Technologies for Conservation?
A group of brilliant theorists and blockchain community leaders will discuss the promises and challenges of using Web3 technologies to benefit ecology, species diversity, global warming, and other environmental causes. Speakers include Robert Fletcher, Trent McConaghy, Andrea Leiter, and Angela Kreitenweis.
17:30 - NATURE SPEAKS! Poetry from Nature's POV
Hear the beautiful winning entries in SNI's creative writing competition "Nature Speaks!" and an interview with web3-poetry pioneer Ana Maria Caballero (theVERSEverse).
18:00 - Kickoff Address: Presenting the Feral Atlas
Feifei Zhou, a renowned Chinese-born artist and architect exploring spatial, cultural, and ecological impacts of today's industrialized built environment will present the new digital publication, "Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene."