#Additivism Workshop: On the Promotion of Post-Natural Futures
A conceptual workshop focusing on critical perspectives in art, design, activism, post-natural history, and #Additivism, as well as the radical possibilities and critical limitations of 3D printing technology.


The era of human scale art and design may be over. Increasingly, we need forms of intervention that take into account the deep, temporal impact of material processes and practices. Whilst developing planetary modes of vision, communication, and control we have altered the very ecosystems we seek to assert mastery over. In rendering the entire Earth an object of scientific study, and commercial interest we have become implicated in the deep futures of every organism that grows, crawls, and mutates on its surface.

3D fabrication is the critical framework of #Additivism: a portmanteau of ‘additive’ and ‘activism’ exemplifying radical approaches to collective action that extend from the local through to geological timescales. During this two day workshop we will discuss a series of art, design, and bio-engineering projects that blend cutting-edge science with 3D additive processes. We will discuss creatures such as the ‘spider-goat’ - re-engineered to carry the proteins necessary to spin spider silk from its milk - and the implications of strange materials such as plastiglomerates - fusions of waste plastic and molten rock, that are already washing up on Earth’s most pristine beaches. As Richard Pell and Lauren Allen outline in their definition of ‘post-nature,’ human beings already inhabit a world where organisms, their habitats and evolutionary niches, are “no longer determined simply by ecological pressures, but by an ongoing negotiation between commerce, regulation, and genetics.” [1] How will bioprinting, genetic engineering, and nano-materials become implicated in the realm we once considered ‘natural’?

During the workshop we will reconsider the terms under which human-centric technologies affect the ongoing transformation of nature into ‘post-nature’, as well as the moral and philosophical implications of actively seeking to steer our technologies towards this end. Participants will be guided through the processes of additive design with the aim of producing speculative ‘post-natural’ objects for possible inclusion in the forthcoming 3D Additivist Cookbook. How do we imagine structures of knowledge and action that exist outside or beyond human beings and our technologies? Is it possible to 'write' into, to ‘design’ alternate futures, without limiting what they (and we) might become?

[1] “Out of the Lab, Into the Wild - Center for PostNatural History.” Accessed January 11, 2016. http://postnatural.org/Out-of-the-Lab-Into-the-Wild.


Participants will be:
● Artists, theorists, designers, engineers, scientists, thinkers, doers, makers.
● Interested in alternative approaches to theory-lead forms of practice
● Filled with fears and enthusiasm for the future

Preparation for the workshop:
Participants are asked to spend some time with The 3D Additivist Cookbook before they arrive. Come ready to talk about at least one project, text or recipe from the Cookbook which inspires you in relation to your own work and practice. Also…

● Read Preface to a Genealogy of the Postnatural by Richard W. Pell & Lauren B. Allen
● Download The Cookbook for free at additivism.org/cookbook
● Watch The 3D Additivist Manifesto at additivism.org/manifesto

Materials participants will need to bring:
● Laptop computer
● Pens, paper

Saturday 10 June 2017
Sunday 11 June 2017

Diplareios School, Plateia Theatrou 3, 10552, Athens (https://goo.gl/maps/F3MA43bsNMw)

Please reserve your participation at the workshop until June 5th 2017 by completing the registration form. Due to limited space, participants will be selected by the instructors and have to confirm their attendance on the next day of the reservation deadline.

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