The Backpack of Wings: Sensory Networks – free workshop

16:00 - 19:00
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The Backpack of Wings: Sensory Networks 

Free workshop for bird-lovers, scientists, artists, students and others interested in art, culture and natural environments

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The workshop invites the participants to collectively create an imaginary storytelling, by looking into the GPS data from migratory birds. The bird’s geographical information tells not only about their biological behavior, but also reveals the correlation between human activities. The workshop addresses to open up a possibility of using the bio-geo tracking technology as a tool for communion, and not to stay in the level of understanding the species. 

In this workshop we will focus on the migration route from a white stork named Jonas. Participants will each get a card with information about a place where the bird stayed for a longer time. The participants should then imagine being the bird and write a narrative story of what the bird might have perceived in this area. The participants should describe perceptions of all of the senses; what the bird may have seen, heard, smelled or felt. The stories are then collected and connected together.

As we have limited space, registration is needed. Please register to secure a spot. Participants are asked to bring a smartphone that can read QR codes. 

Driving the Human is a catalyst for experimentation, shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. From 2020 to 2023, Driving the Human develops and produces seven tangible prototypes responding to complex contemporary scenarios. One of them, The Backpack of Wings: Modern Mythology represents the speculative future scenarios, which are collisions and integrations between a bio-geo tracking technology for wild animals in scientific fields and an animism in seismic disaster myth in East Asia. See further description about the Backpack of Wings here.


Hyeseon Jeong is interested in social phenomena of digitalization, new power/network structures, and decentralisation. Her work engages with a wide range of themes, from scientific approaches to political issues. She has generated non-linear narratives by translating and reconstructing the research content from various fields, in a maximization of fictions, radioplay, videos and sounds, entangled under a theme, and then exhibited as part of exhibitions, festivals and sound performances. She is currently studying at Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Seongmin Yuk is an artist, interested in notions of de(re)constructing boundaries, space and physical embodiment, interdependent perception, transboundary, posthumanity, and digital transhumanity. Seongmin Yuk looks for the possible nodes networking through those notions, (de)composes the intersections through his videos, performances, installations, and constructed spaces. He is currently studying at Academy of Media Arts Cologne.


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