Cartographies of the Vanishing Now (COTVN) is a new research and development project of FIBER, exploring the potential of sensory art and alternative cartographic methods to remap reality in the age of environmental collapse. It sets out to capture the impact of the growing ecological instability on the way we organize and model our modern world, traces the forces behind the environmental change and simultaneous shifts perspectives to move to brighter futures.
The first instance of Cartographies of the Vanishing Now was a five-day laboratory initiated by FIBER, Mark IJzerman and myself. Happening in Amsterdam in the week of September 9 to 13, 2019, A selection of makers and thinkers set out to research and define a wide variety of subjects, experimented with environmental data, created concepts and prototypes for new works and collaboratively shaped the future pathway of the project under the guidance of lab mentors and visiting guests. The lab consisted of lectures, masterclasses, micro-workshops and a field trip to the Eastern Scheldt.
The week was completed with a fully sold-out Open Lab evening at Waag Society, with speakers Irene Straccuzi and Jeff Diamanti exploring the theme, and myself reporting on the initiative and the activities of the week. The work of the participants that was created was exhibited in a prototype-setting.
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