SymposiumJuly 11, 2022
Old Observatory Leiden, the Netherlands

In a world with 75 percent of the planet’s land surface experiencing measurable human pressure, the way people imagine the planet substantially impacts the environment itself. Such environmental imaginaries are constructed by a number of underlying concepts, value systems, visual cultures and technologies used for portraying the Earth’s environment. However, these technologies are neither neutral nor inclusive of society.  

Art-driven collaboration

The symposium will showcase some of the iconic transdisciplinary works of art, discuss art-driven collaborations as developed through number of STARTS projects addressing the shared understanding of socio-environmental troubles, and discuss the necessary next steps. For this symposium, we have teamed up with Old Observatory Leiden.

How are these iconic works produced and made? What is their point of departure? How do transdisciplinary projects function? And how can space and earth researchers collaborate with artists? More on a meta-level: how do art works contribute to how space policy is done? The aim is to work towards inclusive environmental observations and to highlight invisible stories. 

+ Opening Remarks
+ Reimagining the Planet. Artists and creatives play a vital role in reinventing how people engage, observe, and think about their socio-environmental world. Several remarkable projects will demonstrate how artistic innovation and concerned perspectives contribute to what is more than a planet as it appears at first sight.
+ Art-driven transdisciplinary research and innovation. Several European efforts have developed methods of collaboration between artists, researchers, technology providers, industry, and local stakeholders, as well as more non-human environmental actors, in recent years. This session will provide some insights and an opportunity to discuss them.
+ Lunch
+ What’s next? The ambition of a three year More-than-Planet project is to develop a pathway toward a framework that will establish a shared ground for transdisciplinary cooperation between artists, space researchers, and innovators.
+ More-than-Planet exhibition guided tours


The More-than-Planet exhibition

This Symposium highlights works from the More-than-Planet exhibition at the Old Observatory Leiden. The symposium is an offline event. You can visit the exhibition from 1 July until 31 December 2022 as well.

This symposium is presented in the framework of the More-than-Planet project, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and the STARTS Prize 2021-23 project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. This event is an official EuroScience Open Forum Leiden satellite event.