A City Beyond

Exhibition view space.
Photo by Carla Schleiffer

Exhibition view space.

Photo by Carla Schleiffer

A City Beyond

Rethinking Co-Habitation


A City Beyond promotes novel ways of looking at our urban environment with a focus on cooperation. The exhibition speculates on urban forms of collaboration between humans and non-humans by understanding these entities as dependent on each other and mutually beneficial. The concept was promoted by the biologist Lynn Margulis, who argued for a non-hierarchical understanding of evolution and the interactions between different organisms as symbiotic.

With more than half of the world’s population now living in urban environments, the city of tomorrow demands inclusion and mindfulness to survive. The effects of this growth extend beyond the limits
of urban areas, contributing to a global climate crisis endangering all species alike. The landscapes that emerge from this exhibition are a combination of real and fictional narratives that intersect and feed each other through transdisciplinary exchanges, offering novel forms of coexistence.

The works exhibited imagine the future cohabitation of this planet through sharing, collaboration, and interspecies communication. Mythology is used as a narrative tool for speculating on a possible future. Circular processes are translated into metamorphosing forms, which accept change as a life-process and foster resilience by accepting the technological sphere in which they are embedded. The exhibition A City Beyond marks the start of the yearlong Cohabitations project, which explores the question of how human and more-than-human 2  species will want to live together in a hundred years’ time.

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