Living Tower Talk #3

Nurturing Timeless Knowledge

29 sep 2023

Breaking Boundaries and Forming New Connections: Embracing Ecocentrism. Join us on a journey of chicken audiences, fungi, and a different point of view!



Living Tower Talk #3 - Promotion banner for the Living Tower Talk #3, held on September 29, 2023. 

Episode #3

The upcoming talk will center around ecocentrism, inclusivity that goes beyond species boundaries, and the beauty of circular movements within our ecosystems. Our guest speaker, Anne Hofstra, will share her journey as she explores her unique and unconventional adventure - she invited chickens to be the audience during the theatre performance, KIP.

Anne's presentation will guide us through a world of wonder, absurdity, and the challenges that come with genuinely including diverse beings. Her experiences will shed light on the delicate balance between connection and the complexities of such an ambitious undertaking. Through Anne's insights, we will gain fresh perspectives on our relationship with non-human entities and the environments we share. It is an opportunity to explore the intersection of art, nature, and human spirit. 

Living Tower Talk 

The Living Tower Talk, co-curated by Arne Hendriks and Clemens Driessen, is a monthly event intended to foster a collective exploration of knowledge from mycelium-waste pigeon-towers, transcending the boundaries of human and non-human realms.
The Living Tower Talk, a collaborative learning process, encourages us to explore new ways of creating and acquiring knowledge. It takes us on a journey where the destination is not predetermined but rather emerges as we engage in conversations and discoveries. Our findings are shared within a circle, accompanied by a tasty mushroom-based dish, sourced directly from the towers at Mediamatic's Biotoop. 



Friday 29th of September
Full price (inc. meal) €11,00
Student, artist, Stadspas (inc. meal) €7,50




Arne Hendriks is guiding the pigeon tower project. He is an artist and researcher on human ecology, who explores the borders of specific cultural values that define our relationship with the planet. His projects include The Incredible Shrinking Man, that questions if it's possible to downsize the human species to better fit the earth and Fatberg, the building of an island made of fat. As a regular Mediamatic collaborator, he directed several projects to draw attention to our (sometimes twisted) relation with the planet and its resources, like Kool Abundance, The Starvation Experiment, and the building of a holy pigeon tower out of recycled newspapers.

Clemens Driessen is assistant professor at Wageningen University. The premise of his research is that nature is deeply cultural, as a result, it affects the way we comprehend concepts such as agriculture, animals, nature, and food. To study the 'moral geographies' around these themes he draws on a variety of approaches, from Science and Technology Studies (ethnography, history and philosophy of technology), as well as Animal Geography (multispecies ethnography) and the Environmental Humanities (arts and design, literary history, environmental philosophy). In combination these generate opportunities for experimental interventions within a 'more-than-human' geography.

Anne Hofstra is an artistic researcher. Currently, she is particularly interested in how we as humans can learn to make not only humans, but the entire ecosystem the center of our thinking. She has previously made theater performances and radio plays and worked as a program developer at Mediamatic where she made programs about interspecies collaborations such as Duif, Inhuman Carnival and the Japanese Knotweed Festival.