Design + Crisis – Pluriversal Pathways to a Post-Anthropocene

February 28, 2023 - March 7, 2023
10:00 - 16:00

Deeply entangled in a crisis of the Anthropocene, the need to radically reassemble relationships of ecologies and technologies is more vital than ever – to re/think socio-technical practices and re/design modes of convening with our companion species and environments.

Within the framework of this block-seminar, we will discuss critical perspectives on western-centric paradigms of understanding nature and technology, exploring pluriversal approaches to interspecies sustainability. We will explore concepts of beyond-western-centric cosmologies and cosmogonies, speculating on organic technologies and the symbioscene. And drawing on the approaches of speculative design and critical making, we will debate and prototype alternative human-nonhuman relationships (with an open source soft and hard attitude), integrating critical thinking with designing.

– Arturo Escobar (2018). Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
– Eduardo Batalha Viveiros de Castro (2004): Exchanging Perspectives: The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies. Common Knowledge, Volume 10, Issue 3, Fall 2004, pp. 463-484, Duke University Press
– Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (Eds.) (1997): Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell

Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen (TU Berlin /UdK Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Florian Conradi (TU Berlin/UdK Berlin)
Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou (Woelabs Lomè / L’Africaine d’architecture)

28.02.-03.03.2023, 10:00-16:00 +
06.03.-07.03.2023, 10:00-16:00


Berlin Open Lab, Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin


Max. 15 students


Please register by email by the 22.02.2023 with your name, field of study and matriculation number to michelle.christensen(at) and florian.conradi(at)


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