Housing The Humans


Housing the Human unveils the results of five projects that tackle questions on how will we live in the near future. The collaboration brings together art, science, and technological innovation to explore speculative concepts for the future of living and coexistence.

Certain Measures present a domestic setting that adapts to its human inhabitants’ requests. But what does it mean for AI to have such intimate knowledge of our every need? Lucia Tahan’s Cloud Housing imagines an app catering to a nomadic creative class and offers on-demand rentals and upgrades on their décor—but shedding the burden of ownership comes at a price. Simone C Niquille’s HOMESCHOOL analyzes the standard datasets now used to train domestic robots, and asks what human biases are passed on to the machines we let into our homes. Meanwhile, Mae-ling Lokko’s Agrocologies suggests sharing our kitchens with mycelium cultures, and feeding them with our food waste. The resulting bio-material can be used to create new objects. And as we’d share our homes with robots, biomes, and other species, Dasha Tsapenko’s Lovaratory wonders whether we’d also enter into new types of relationships of codependency, trust, or even romance with our nonhuman cohabitants.

Visitors will be offered walk-throughs with experts such as architects Tatiana Bilbao and Rahul Mehrotra, architectural theorists Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, art historian Margit Rosen, and designer Daniel Perlin; a talk hosted by ARCH+ features between writer and editor Anh-Linh Ngo and architecture curator James Taylor-Foster on practical futurology and transdisciplinary research; a lecture and Bed-In performance with Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley on the role of the bed in the age of social media; and the game After Money, asking how new networks of care and socia­bility can emerge in a world without money.

Tickets cost 14Eu/Reduced 10Eu

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On Saturday, October 19, as part of the Housing the Human Festival, the public is invited to join an open seminar with renowned experts and professionals centered around three defining themes: Methodological Frictions, on the practical hurdles of working across disciplines; Usefulness, on the tension between artistic freedom and practical implementation; and Prophecies, on the promises and missteps of working with innovation and future-oriented topics. Seating is limited, please register here before October 16.


Friday, October 18
7pm: Welcome and walk-through with the experts and five practitioners
8:30pm: ARCH+ features: Anh-Linh Ngo in conversation with
James Taylor-Foster
9:30pm: Tours of the prototypes with the experts and five practitioners
10:30pm: Drinks & music

Saturday, October 19
10am– 4pm: Open seminar
5pm: Tours of the prototypes with the experts and artistic directors
7pm: Lecture and performance The 24/7 Bed: Privacy and Publicity in the Age of Social Media by Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley
8pm: Game Night After Money
10pm: Drinks & music

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