ANNOUNCEMENT // Symposium: “Artificial Natures”

Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2018
27 - 29 May 2018
Palazzo Rossini, Venice, Italy

Ideal city: Functional City by Leonardo da Vinci

Artificial Natures

The topic for this year’s symposium is Artificial Natures, ranging from classical ones, such as parks and ideal cities, to garden cities, to new “natural “ environments like social media spaces as new public place. The symposium will take place as a combination of short panels and work groups. The general questions are:

  • What are artificial natures (AN)

  • Why they are so important today

  • What has been the history = development of these natures, and why

  • What have been the common intentions of the approaches

  • Which forms are emerging today, leaving all “naturality” behind them

  • What chances AN are offering – for whom, in which directions

Further information about the Artificial Natures symposium can be found here.

Call Out for Abstracts

We invite people from different fields of interest and professional background to collaborate with us on that topic. Please submit abstracts of no more the 3,000 words around this topic of Artificial Natures to [log in to unmask] with the subject line ‘Abstract Submission’. We will be accepting submissions until 17th May.

Symposium Registration

To register your attendance for the symposium please fill in the registration form via the link below. Please note that you will need to complete the registration form in addition to sending your abstract submission.



Artificial Natures, Palazzo Mora, Room 7 ,  26 May - 28 Nov 2018

The symposium is paralleled by our exhibition of Artificial Natures presented at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2018.

In this exhibition, we show an evolution of the idea of creating new ‘natural’ environments, serving both as a space to live and to engage socially. The spaces are designed as multiple immersive, explorable ‘worlds’ that fulfill these criteria.

The visitor has the possibility to enter these worlds both virtually and in the physical exhibition, in order to experience their spaces, to gain a deeper comprehension of them, as if they would be real worlds to live in. This allows to make a comparison to the world we live in. Thus, by making the presented worlds to appear real, we want to elicit a critical and pro-active perspective, also in terms of sustainable social participation. By that, we can contribute in shaping existing spaces which become our common and therefore ‘natural’ environments. 

Ideal Spaces Working Group

Ideal Spaces is an art and research working group focused on the shaping of contemporary living spaces. Drawing from historical and technological research, the group composed of cultural theorists, digital engineers and artists develops interactive exhibitions and platforms of exchange. These activities are aimed at proposing mechanisms to generate ideal spaces, rather than the design of actual, physical space. Thus, we are not only concerned with architecture, but also with processes of collective social dreaming and shared imagination.

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