Join us for the Charging the Commons Panel Discussion: Relational Interfaces on June 13th, 2024

Join us on June 13th for a panel discussion at the Nieuwe Instituut to explore how design can contribute to the technological and organisational conditions of a more-than-human consciousness. What kind of ‘relational interfaces’ can help us to imagine relationships with each other, different life forms and the planet that are based on stewardship and the common good, rather than domination and ownership?

The evening will present three proposals for relational interfaces – social and technological infrastructures, models and protocols – to help put new theories of the commons into practice. How do we organise a commons that includes more-than-humans? And, moving from bounded territories to relational networks, how do we reconcile the situatedness and unboundedness of ecosystems?

The programme will include presentations by:
Martijn de Waal (head of the AUAS – Civic Interaction Design) explains relational technology and relational interfaces on behalf of Charging the Commons.
– Designer-researcher Aiwen Yin introduces the relational board game Liquid Dependencies.
Fang-Jui Chang and Calvin Po present some examples of relational interfaces that Dark Matter Labs is using to promote an alternative civic economy.

The evening is co-organized with AUAS – Civic Interaction Design Research Group, Dark Matter Labs and [urban interfaces] the Utrecht University Focus Area Governing the Digital Society and Nieuwe Instituut – as part of the Charging the Commons project.