Sebastian Gatz

Decentering the human: Implementing non-anthropocentric and data-based design workflows to envision cohabitational multi-species / multi-entities “architectures”  

The project's overall objective is to develop and explore new non-anthropocentric design workflows and aesthetics for digital fabrication which are specialized for the production of cohabitational multi-species / multi-entities "architectures". Explorations of overlaps between the "scientific ideas" of Bioelectromagnetism and Occulture-related concepts like Animal Magnetism, Prana, Fohat, Odic Forces, Qi, etc. will form the basis for bottom-up data-related design processes and interventions. Artificial Intelligence - as a metaphor and co-creator - will be included in the design- and glitching-processes of spaces, fragments, objects and (hopefully) shelters and houses. All explorations are created with the intention of creating benevolent hyperstitional feedback loops.

A special focus will be put on plant- and space-desires, giving both - in western-culture unheard and underrepresented - entities agency in an interconnected ahuman world. With increasing academic discourse regarding the Anthropocene, plants and their messy and complex relationships with human culture, become a metaphor to think with and through the problem of human-exceptionalism. Questioning the notion of seeing plants as mere oxygen- and food-(re)sources and opening up toward a broader compassionate understanding of plants as sensuous beings might help the human race to understand better why we are here and why the way we currently live is neither sustainable nor karmically "right".

In order to avoid a (total) collapse of the planet - and this desire seems to be informed more out of human angst than out of compassion for the planet - we have to step away from a form of thinking, where plants are at the "bottom" of the food chain and humans are at the "top". Plants and all other living and nonliving entities share the space we call "universe". Accepting and encouraging the agency of non-humans in this universe points toward a more holistic form of sustainable thinking which includes respectfulness and gratitude toward (basically) everything.

Sebastian Gatz is an architect, artist and trained car mechanic, who works and thinks at the intersection of art, architecture, occulture and science. Previously he worked and taught at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture in Copenhagen. As a researcher, he explored the role of robots and artificial intelligence in architecture, as means for bespoke architectural fabrication and as integrated elements of plant-robot-architectures. As an artist he investigates the relationship between humans and plants through the lens of artificial intelligence, robotics and experimental metaphysics.

Principal supervisor: Loove Broms
Assistant supervisor: Minna Räsänen
Admitted to HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg 
Project period: 2020-2024