︎ Artificial Arboretum
︎ Bay Window
︎ People Picture
︎ New Astrology
︎ Shards, pt. 1
︎ Shards, pt. 2
︎ Femme Fatale
︎ Civics, de novo
︎ Satellite Photo Archive
︎ Democratic Doorman
︎ karesansui

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Led by Bruno Latour and led by Frédérique Aït Touati, this project was a collaboration with students and faculty at SPEAP—Sciences Po and The New School to formulate a political spectacle that resituates political activism and rethinks environmental discourse. Civics, de novo was held at Théâtre des Amandiers Nanterre, France as part of Ateliers de Politiques Terriennes (or “Earth Policy Workshops”) between May 14-20, 2018.
Participants of this workshop series were invited to experiment with what political components and processes could be (communication, meeting spaces, alliances, monuments, passports) in the wake of climate negotiations—if they were governed by non-human voices.

Might perceiving geological, meteorological and nonhuman-biological signals shift our attention and “remake” our politics?

Introduction — Decenturing the Human

Preamble of the Constitution
of Denovo

We the humans who occupy Denovo, in response to the ecological collapse wrought by our ancestors, inaugurate a new relationship between the different forms of existence on our planet.

We do not presume to speak for the nonhuman biological, geological or meteorological existents with which we cohabitate.
Instead, we commit to new modes of attention and temporalities of action in the hope that doing so will produce different possibilities for living on this planet. We commit to vicennial conventions at which Denovo’s constitutional settlement will be renegotiated.
Préambule de la Constitution
de Denovo

En réponse à la faillite écologique causée par nos ancêtres, nous, êtres humains et occupants de Denovo, inaugurons une nouvelle relation entre les différentes formes de vie présentes sur notre planète.

Nous ne prétendons pas parler au nom de tous les existants non-humains avec lesquels nous cohabitons, qu'ils soient biologiques, géologiques ou météorologiques.

Bien plus, nous souhaitons mettre en oeuvre nouveaux modes d’être-au-monde et de nouvelles temporalités d'action, dans l'espoir de créer sur cette planète d'autres modes de vie possibles. Nous nous engageons à participer aux conventions vicennales à l'occasion desquelles  seront renégociées. les fondations constitutionnelles de Denovo.

Workshop Part One — Trust
Building alliances with non-visual senses.

Workshop Part Two — Exploration
Inventing devices for enhanced “listening”.

Workshop Part Three — Harmony
Reaching consensus in a unifying sound choir.

Workshop Part Four — Vision
Reimagining a new politic. 

Civics, de novo is a project by Heather Anderson, Michael Dobson, Erica Kermani, Jonas Voigt, Leah Willemin, and Jacqueline Wu.

It is a collaboration between The New School graduate students with backgrounds in Design, Performance, Social Research, and Technology with graduate students from the Experimental Program in the Political Arts (SPEAP) at SciencesPo.

Special thanks to Simon Kessler, Melanie Crean, and Jamer Hunt.