Feral Creative Practices Discussion Panel

Panel in the Feral Creative Practices Track @ Uroboros Festival 2021

This free-floating conversation among artists, designers, researchers and other creative practitioners working in the area of social and ecological transformation closed the Feral Creative Practices track.

🦑🦑 Panelists 🦑🦑

Isabel Beavers is a transdisciplinary artist and creative producer based in Los Angeles. Her work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation + new media. She is currently a 2019-20 Resident Artist with CultureHub LA and 2020 SciArt Ambassador with SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery and a Youth Development Specialist with artworxLA.

Aga Pokrywka – with an academic background in animated film, computer simulations, and physics, Aga Pokrywka works hybridly with video, graphic design, and collaborative practices in order to build eclectic narratives. Natural sciences, technology, and decentralised organising are topics that are especially close to her heart. Aga collaborates with humans; bacteria (as the host of Ferment Radio); and computers (as the co-founder of Super Eclectic).

Frederick (Fred) van Amstel is Assistant Professor of Service Design and Experience Design at the Industrial Design Academic Department (DADIN), Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil. His PhD thesis, accepted by the University of Twente, maps the contradictions faced by architectural design and service design in contemporary practice. Instead of eliminating them, expansive design harnesses contradictions as a source of change. His recent research deals with the contradiction of oppression and the possibility of designing for liberation.

Kobakant: Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson have been collaborating since 2006, and in 2008 formed the collective KOBAKANT. Together, through their work, they explore the use of textile crafts and electronics as a medium for commenting on technological aspects of today’s “high-tech” society. KOBAKANT believes in the spirit of humoring technology, often presenting their work as a twisted criticism of the stereotypes surrounding textile craftsmanship and electrical engineering. KOBAKANT believes that technology exists to be hacked, handmade and modified by everyone to better fit our personal needs and desires.
In 2009, as research fellows at the Distance Lab in Scotland, KOBAKANT published an online database for sharing their DIY wearable technology approach titled HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT.

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is Director of the Care-full Design Lab and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Jaz likes giraffes, cats, and spicy food. 

Andrea Botero – is an Academy Research Fellow at Aalto University, Finland. Her design works explore technologies, services, media formats and genres for collectives and communities. She is a patient companion to two wild cats.

Cristina Ampatzidou is a CreaTures Research Fellow at RMIT Europe. With a background in urbanism, her research and practice focus on the affordances of new media, particularly games, for sustainable urban futures. 

Markéta Dolejšová is a CreaTures fellow at the Aalto University and one of the Uroboros serpents. Her experimental design research practice spills across the inter-related domains of social and ecological resilience and food system transitions. 

The panel collaboratively moderated itself & was summoned by Markéta, Cristina, Andrea and Jaz 🦑🦑.

Other events in this track included Nocturne Altar Hack: Wild Designs for New Eco-rituals by Isabelle Beavers, Cyano Automaton by Agnieszka Pokrywka, More-than-human derive and the workshops Feral ways of knowing and transformation and Learning Feral Ways of Transformation – hands on workshop.

CreaTures project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870759. The content presented represents the views of the authors, and the European Commission has no liability in respect of the content.