More than Human Platform Launches with Multispecies Design Symposium on 22 March 2024


The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) has initiated a discursive platform to explore the complex concept of more than human from the perspective of the creative disciplines. It is marking the launch with an international symposium addressing Multispecies Design on 22 March 2024.

The symposium on Multispecies Design, curated by Claudia Benz in collaboration with Lynn Harles, takes place on 22 March 2024 from 1:30 to 7 pm in the Kunstgewerbemuseum lecture hall at the Kulturforum. The symposium aims to map positions and combines research reports and best-practice examples from different scientific and design perspectives. Admission is free, and no registration is required.

The Multispecies Turn: New Paths to Sustainable Solutions and Ethical Perspectives

The interdisciplinarity of the natural sciences, anthropology and cultural studies and the creative disciplines of design and architecture have been undergoing a “multispecies turn” for some years now. This interdisciplinary approach calls into question traditional anthropocentric perspectives and instead emphasises the interdependence and interconnectedness of all life forms, including plants, animals and microorganisms. Against the backdrop of global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, the multispecies turn offers important insights and strategies in relation to ethical and social debates, environmental and nature conservation, sustainability and resilience.