Tuning Earths

Event Start Date:
December 1, 2017
Event End Date:
December 1, 2017
Event Venue:


Whitechapel Gallery


How can DIY technologies, from air quality sensors to homemade hydrophones, tune us in to planetary politics?

Investigating practices of citizen participation, environmental politics and computation, this symposium brings together artists, geographers, sociologists, designers, programmers and theorists to explore how new technologies can both enhance and unsettle our relationship to the earth.

Featuring Didier Debaise, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Matthew Fuller, Olga Goriunova, Beth Coleman, Alex Murray-Leslie, Doina Petrescu, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Susan Schuppli and Sarah Whatmore, among others.


11.30 Introduction: Jennifer Gabrys
Sensing Environments, Experimenting with Citizenship

11.45 Panel 1: Conjuring Cosmopolitics
Chaired by Helen Pritchard
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Re-animating Soils. Transforming Human-Soil Affections through Science, Culture and Community
Matthew Fuller and Olga Goriunova, Plant Sensing and Aesthetics
Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Zooetics

13.00 Lunch Break

14.00 Panel 2: Punking Participation
Chaired by Lara Houston
Doina Petrescu, Co-Resilience
Beth Coleman
Alex Murray-Leslie, Deinscribing High-Heeled Shoes to Inform Unusually Wild Sensing and Theatrical Audio Visual Expression of the Feet in Musical Performance [Please note: Prerecorded contribution]

15.45 Break

16.00 Panel 3: Tuning Earths
Chaired by Jennifer Gabrys
Susan Schuppli, Playing Back the Histories of Climate Change
Didier Debaise, Speculative Narrations: How Stories Produce Worlds

17.15 Concluding Address: Sarah Whatmore
Chaired by Jennifer Gabrys

In collaboration with Citizen Sense, Goldsmiths, University of London, and supported by the European Research Council.