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Changing the Ground: SciArt talk series 2021-22

A talk series to reconsider our post covid world

From September 2021 to June 2022, the JRC SciArt project ran a series of conferences titled Changing the Ground , hosted by the European Union‘s School of Administration. Inspiring talks by artists, engineers, designers, philosophers, human scientists and scientists pointed out the opportunities of change opened up by covid-19 and thus the need to reconsider our post-covid worldview.

The series on the whole conveyed the message that to effectively change the ground we cannot rely solely on one discipline - science, art or technology. We need a more integrated and holistic approach to tackle contemporary societal problems. This series of talks - at times controversial, always thought-provoking - questioned existing paradigms with the hope to instil a new sense of interdependence between everybody with everything.

To change the ground is an important aspect of NaturArchy, the theme for Resonances IV discussed at the SciArt Summer School 2022, which aims to grant Nature a juridical personality and move away from western canons and dichotomies. 

Derrick de Kerckhove • Changing the Ground: Quantum Ecologies • 28/10/2021

derrick de kerkchove

Michael John Gorman • What next for Science Communication in Times of Planetary Crisis? • 16/12/2021

michael john gorman

Francesca Ferrando • Who is Afraid of Artificial Intelligence? Posthumanism, Technology and Society • 20/01/2022

francesca ferrando

Alexander Wendt • Quantum Theory as Critical Theory: Entanglement and the Politics of Social Physics • 10/02/2022

alexander wendt

Derrick de Kerckhove • Not the "Metaverse", the "Metacity" • 17/02/2022

derrick de kerkchove

Nicola Triscott • Re-thinking Race, Identity and Migration: Cultural Inquiry as Curatorial Strategy • 17/03/2022

nicola triscott

Piero Dominici • Beyond Black Swans · Educating to unpredictability to inhabit hypercomplexity • 31/03/2022

dominici for web

Ariane Koek • The Magic of Making Sense - the Future-Now of Art, Science and Technology • 19/05/2022

ariane koek

Cristopher Watkin • Renewing our Mental Models with Michel Serres • 24/06/2022

chris watkin