4th Renewable Futures Conference

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Welcome to the 4th Renewable Futures Conference! Renewable Futures is a conference series that originated in the Baltics and the North European region with an aim to invent new trajectories for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. This edition will be online. We welcome paper proposals from researchers and artists of interdisciplinary practices from fields such as contemporary art, artistic research, art theory, media art, design and architecture, applied artificial intelligence, artificial life, robotics, life sciences, art education and other relevant practices. We invite presentations of artistic and transdisciplinary research projects, as well as examples and discussions of applied projects and entries to a screening program curated for online presentation. The conference will take place from the 4th to the 6th of November 2021. Additional workshops will be offered on the 7th of November. Specially invited key note speakers and presentations will be included in the program.

The Renewable Futures Network was established in 2008 and strives to facilitate new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement.

The 4th Renewable Futures Conference questions how we experience and express life and the sense of aliveness today. Actualized by our current global pandemic, we invite artistic, academic or applied research perspectives on relations and intersections between human beings, living environments and machines. This might evoke a sense of the uncanny and a fear of domination and surveillance. It might also reveal a world of possibilities of becoming, creation of new forms and behaviors. Could we co-create a more balanced existence? Can we enhance our senses and communication to become beings that are more adapted to co-existence with our environments and other species?

The interdisciplinary artistic research project FeLT (Futures of Living Technologies) hosts the conference in conjunction with the Creative Europe project GREEN (Green Revisited: Encountering Emerging Naturecultures).  

To propose a paper presentation (artistic or academic research presentation, applied project presentation): Please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words in English. Please submit in PDF format. This will be assessed by RF-FeLT’s scientific committee. See below for more information.

The abstracts should contain:

  • Title and 3 to 5 keywords
  • Names of contributors
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Presentation format: i.e. live online, video presentation or other, 15 minutes.
  • Which themed track is the most relevant?
  • Project description and objectives
  • Contextualization
  • Questions and/or problem for discussion
  • Possible results or outcomes

The abstract must not exceed 300 words and may contain web links to artistic material

Applications are now closed. Notifications of acceptance goes out on October 5th.

In parallel, we invite proposals for a curated screening program presented as a special event. To propose an artistic presentation for online screening: Please submit an introduction of the work in maximum 300 words in English, include a link to uploaded material. Please submit in PDF format. This will be assessed by curators Jens Hauser and Kristin Bergaust. See below for more information.

We welcome submissions of screen based artistic work at the intersection of ecology, art and technology.  We will present a screening and remote performance program curated for Renewable Futures 4th conference-FeLT. Formats include (but are not limited to) art films or clips, art documentation, remote and/or interactive performative contributions specifically developed for online formats.

Abstract and submission to screening program:

The abstracts should contain:

  • Title and short description 3 to 5 keywords
  • Names of contributors
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Describe your contribution in terms of artistic ideas, context and intended presentation: art films or clips, art documentation, remote and/or interactive performative contributions developed for online formats. Please state in your contribution that you have the rights for publication of all elements included in your work before you submit it.
  • Please upload to an online service (vimeo, youtube, google) Make sure it is made available to us, send us passwords and invitations on submitting your work. We can not process file transfers or facilitate other means of receiving work.
  • Include web links to artistic material. Make sure it is accessible, remember passwords
  • The abstract must not exceed 300 words.

Applications are now closed. Notifications of acceptance goes out on October 5th.

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Contributions can be submitted to four thematic tracks:

Against the grain of the metaphorical overall ‘greening’ of activities, be it in commerce, the arts or academia, the notion of ‘prismatic ecology’ has emerged to rebuke the colour green and its cultural construction. How can new discourses overcome binary ideas of the other-than-human world as an idealized nature? While greenness as a superficial metaphor needs to be disentangled from terms— both putatively non-technological—such as ‘life’ and ‘nature’, how do artists and designers use and question technologies beyond anthropocentrism within a larger biosemiotic web ? How can media help to interact with ecologies understood as a shared ‘oikos’ (household) beyond anthropocentric ethics interested in ‘our’ environment only as a beneficial milieu for humans?

Practices of communication and co-creation with living organisms – such as microorganisms, plants or animals – might involve working with technologically complex systems as well as agriculture or indigenous knowledges and traditions. To rethink interspecies relations in the framework of a climate emergency moment can be a way to form entangled multispecies alliances

By the term living technology we think of the complex structures and functions of living organisms which have entered the hybrid and synthetic technologies. By including critical perspectives on the merging of technology and areas involving emotions, sensing and empathy, we question possible and speculative convergences of machine technology, artificial life, artificial intelligence and human bodies. We invite perspectives on the implications of future integration and communication between the machine and the living as well as speculative or applied.

Sensorium – how we experience, interpret, develop applied aesthetics today in order to reconnect with the environment, expanding the senses technologically inside and outside of institutions. Technologies continously provide new ways of filtering our experiences and different means of relating to the living environment. Aesthetics today are also affected by perceptual complexity, relating to experiences that transcend art and include a vast array of both natural and constructed environments. Human perceptions and sensory modalities are influenced and affected by the way we interact with our digital tools, and their presence is becoming characteristically transparent. Can the sensorium as an expanded aesthetics provide new modalities for connecting with natural resources? What new opportunities exist for interaction and how do technologies extend and provide explorative possibilities within sensations ? And, in what way do institutions understand and relate to this sensory complexity as a sustainable choice?

The 4th Renewable Futures conference will provide different formats for artistic interventions, discussion and exchange. The outcome will be a publication in the Renewable Futures series of Acoustic Space, as well as a curated screening program.

Conference language:

Conference venues:
Online (Zoom)

Conference fee:
The conference is free of charge but participants must register by date

Support and Partners:
4th Renewable Futures FeLT Conference project is supported by the EU program Creative Europe,  Norwegian Artistic Research Program and OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University

Program committee:


Kristin Bergaust, Professor of Contemporary Art OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University NO

Boel Christensen-Scheel Professor of Art Theory OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University NO

Jens Hauser, Researcher Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen DK

Stefano Nichele, Associate professor of ICT OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University NO

Rasa Smite, Professor and founding member of RIXC

Hege Tapio, PhD fellow FeLT Futures of Living Technologies OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University NO

Mikkel Wettre, Professor of Visual Art OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and UiB-University of Bergen

Research assistants:

Jannicke Tanita Børresen Bech 

Glare Eugenio Dumo