Zoöp DataFusion at Triennale Milano

Zoöp DataFusion is an installation and on-going research project, which is part of the exhibition Have we met? Humans and non-humans on common ground, organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut for the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition (July 15 – December 11, 2022).

Zoöp_DataFusion_point_cloud_02Zoöp DataFusion is created by ArtScience interfaculty students at the University of the Arts The Hague: Philipp Groubnov, Christine Hvidt, Andrzej Konieczny, Alexander Köppel, Leon Lapa Pereira and Vivien Vuong, guided by Rodrigo Delso (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) and Eric Kluitenberg (ArtScience interfaculty). Cool Mediators Foundation has acted as a facilitator of this research and exhibition project.

The digital and analogue sensors of Data Fusion Instrument register vibrations, heat traces, sound frequencies, electromagnetic waves, the smell and spread of pollen, the conductive capacity of mycelia growing underground, and the slow changes of humidity in the air. It has been installed in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s garden since spring 2022, where it reads a space 30 metres wide by 30 metres long and 3 metres tall for eight months.

Zoöp_DataFusion_drone_recordingData Fusion Instrument registers changes that tend to escape human senses, either because they are too small, too slow, or because they occur in inaccessible areas. The instrument then fuses the different layers of data into a new representation of that volume of biosphere, bringing all the captured changes together in a new form that humans can directly experience.

Data fusion visualisation

Data fusion visualisation

The 23rd Triennale Milano Exhibition and ‘Have we met?” open to the public on Friday July 15, and continue till 11 December 2022.

About “Have we met?” and the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition:

Have we met?
Humans and non-humans on common ground

Have we met? promotes new ways for understanding our planet as a shared space for plants, microbes, humans and other animals. The view that the earth exists solely for human exploitation must be radically rethought to confront today’s environmental crises. Have we met? therefore examines what attitudes, tools and technologies are necessary to recalibrate the relationship between humans and non-humans.

An urban block in Rotterdam, a regenerative farm in the Netherlands’ rural east, and an abandoned North Sea oil rig: these three ecologically diverse sites help to explore the possibilities for interspecies relationships. Nature studies traditionally rely on quantitative data, but could they be adapted to give a better insight into how humans and non-humans can learn to share space and cooperate? The whole world is, in one way or another, touched by human policies and tools, so perhaps it is time to investigate where they take place and their effects on multispecies cohabitation.

Zoöp DataFusion Transparent Archive at Have we met?

Zoöp DataFusion Transparent Archive at Have we met?

Have we met? explores a range of possible collaborative tools developed by practitioners across art, design, agriculture, and data- and marine sciences.

Curators: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Ellen Zoete (Het Nieuwe Instituut)


23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition:
Unknown Unknowns
An introduction to Mysteries

The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, entitled Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries, opens on 15 July and runs until 11 December 2022. Unknown Unknowns examines the theme of the unknown, exploring ‘what we don’t know we don’t know’. Through a constellation of exhibitions, installations and special projects, the 23rd International Exhibition expands our vision into what remains outside of our understanding: from the far reaches of outer space to the depths of the oceans, from the mysteries of consciousness to the environment we live in.


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