Talk Town Festival, 2020

— Field trips to ecofeminist futures

Ecofeminism is a branch of feminism that examines the connections between people and nature. For the 2020 Talk Town festival in Copenhagen, two time travel field trips were organized to honor the work of ecofeminist artists who explored the intersection between environmentalism, feminism, and the earth.

As the main fiction, we proposed that guests imagined story continuums to two influential art pieces:

The Earth Ambulance by Helène Aylon

— Challenge: “How does the ambulance and
the Earth communicate?”

— Task: To imagine communication challenges and then build devices that existed inside the ambulance and that addressed those challenges.
The Blued Trees Symphony by Aviva Rahmani

— Challenge: “What other natural beings or phenomena should be protected?”

— Task: To collect sounds that represented what needed to be protected, and then pour them into symphonies created in real time using digital apps.

These speculative products were the outcome:

Earth Ambulance device prototypes

  • The Earth Fungus Toolkit
  • The Athomshake
  • The Timebulance
  • The Moleshaker
  • The Bio-internet

Sound prototypes

  • “A symphony of steps”, protecting walks in nature. Each note consists of a step, which will always be different to every other step, thus making this symphony endless.

  • “Mammalomania”, protecting the sounds that a human fetus hears during pregnancy. A small file bit needs to be reproduced 1;200,000 times to reproduce the 9 months of a pregnancy.

  • “A symphony to understand the tipping points of cycles”, protecting the changes of the seasons. The symphony becomes more chaotic as it plays in order to help us adapt to change.