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ESDiT Research Track

Art Track

This track stimulates research on art as well as research in collaboration with artists.

The overall aim of the ESDiT research programme is to develop a comprehensive philosophical understanding of the socially disruptive technologies (SDTs) of the 21st century, and in particular their challenge to the very concepts and values that we normally appeal to in our moral thinking about technologies.

Cutting across the four research lines we started three research tracks, each of which emphasizes an aspect that we especially value in this consortium:

Description of This Research Track

The Art Track was established at the beginning of 2023 to facilitate research on the interplay between art and the ethics of disruptive technologies. The track stimulates research on art as well as research in collaboration with artists.

We organize regular meetings, where we discuss work-in-progress or invite external speakers. We also visit exhibitions together and organize occasional reading groups. In the long term, we aim to organize an ESDiT exhibition.

Example research: speculating about the artificial womb

“Monuments for future m/otherhood”. Immersive scenarios about the future artificial womb at Dutch Design Week, 2022. Design: Lisa Mandemaker. Photo: Max Kneevel.

What kind of research is the art track about? This is best illustrated with an example. ESDiT fellows Julia Hermann, Lily Frank, Naomi Jacobs and Llona Kavege, for example, collaborated with speculative designer Lisa Mandemaker, part of the Designlab Twente, and a range of other stakeholders to question the future of the artificial womb. This is an emerging reproductive technology that might allow human fetuses to develop outside of a human’s body in the future. Together with the designer, the researchers created immersive scenarios that raise ethical questions like: what does the artificial womb mean for our interpretation of motherhood or fatherhood? How will it change our relation to children? How will it affect the interpretation of gender-roles? This resulted  in the installation “Monuments for future m/otherhood” that was presented at the Dutch Design Week 2022, which attracted over 350.000 visitors.

Do you want to get involved?

Do you want to get involved with the art track? We organize interactive online meetings about the art and ethics of disruptive technologies every 6-8 weeks. Examples of past events:

  • June 2023. We discussed work in progress of ESDiT fellow Aafke Fraaije on how mother-artists can help us understand questions of intergenerational justice in times of climate change.
  • May 2023. We read and gave feedback on a draft solarpunk screenplay by artists Ingvild Syntropia and Bruno Decc.
  • March 2023. We discussed work in progress of ESDiT fellow Lorina Buhr on the photography of glacier retreat as a symbol of the concept ‘finitude’.

Please send us an email if you’d like to stay informed about future events (a.fraaije@tudelft.nl).

Related Publications

Fraaije, Aafke; van der Meij, Marjoleine; Vermeeren, Arnold; Kupper, Frank; Broerse, Jacqueline

Creating room for citizen perspectives in ‘smart city’ Amsterdam through interactive theatre Journal Article

In: vol. 7, no. 1, 2023, ISSN: 2399-8121.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Fraaije, Aafke

Can (sm)art save the city?: Lessons from action research on art-based citizen engagement towards responsible innovation in ‘smart city’Amsterdam PhD Thesis

2023.

Links | BibTeX

Art for Public Engagement on Emerging and Controversial Technologies: A Literature Review

Fraaije, Aafke; van der Meij, Marjoleine G.; Kupper, Frank; Broerse, Jacqueline E. W.

Art for Public Engagement on Emerging and Controversial Technologies: A Literature Review Journal Article

In: Public Understanding of Science , vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 694–710, 2022.

Links | BibTeX

Honauer, Michaela

Integrating Wearable Technologies in the Performing Arts: A Holistic Approach to Interactive Costuming PhD Thesis

2022.

Links | BibTeX

Related News & Media

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“The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies; An Introduction” – New Open Access Book

Just Perceive: How Phenomenology and the Arts Can Guide Us in the Tech Era – seminar recording now available

Just Perceive: How Phenomenology and the Arts Can Guide Us in the Tech Era – seminar recording now available

Related Events

Premiere of COBALT at InScience Film Festival

Date: March 16, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Nijmegen
Art track | Nature | Public ESDIT event | Relevant event by external organizer
Cobalt

“COBALT,” an experimental dance film exploring and imagining future nature-technology-human ways of relating, will be premiered on March 16 at the InScience International Film Festival in Nijmegen. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between ESDiT’s PhD Julia Rijssenbeek, Kim Baraka, a dancer and AI researcher at the Hybrid Intelligence Center, and cinematographer Jonas Sacks. Such […]

Just Perceive: How Phenomenology and the Arts Can Guide Us in the Tech Era – Online Seminar

Date: March 8, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online Seminar
Academic event | Art track | Human condition | Public ESDIT event
esdit-seminar-series-attention-economy-8-March-2023

Within the ESDiT (Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies) project, the working group on “Just Perceive: How Phenomenology and the Arts Can Guide Us in the Tech Era” as part of the series “Attending as practice in the attention economy”.

People Involved

Coordination team

Dr. Aafke Fraaije

Dr. Aafke Fraaije

Postdoctoral Researcher
Delft University of Technology
ESDIT role(s): CoordinatorResearch fellow
Research line(s): Future of a Free & Fair Society
Dr. Julia Hermann

Dr. Julia Hermann

Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology
University of Twente
ESDIT role(s): CoordinatorManagement boardResearch fellow
Research line(s): Foundations & SynthesisThe Human Condition
Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Professor of Ethics
Delft University of Technology
ESDIT role(s): Management boardResearch fellowResearch line leader
Research line(s): Future of a Free & Fair Society

Participants

Caroline Bollen
Dr. Lorina Buhr
Dr. Matthew Dennis
Dr. Aafke Fraaije
Dr. Lily Frank
Dr. Andrea Gammon
Alessio Gerola
Dr. Nolen Gertz
Dr. Janna van Grunsven
Dr. Julia Hermann
Dr. Michaela Honauer
Maaike van der Horst
Dr. James Hutton
Prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn
Dr. Steven Kraaijeveld
Dr. Elizabeth O’Neill
Anna van Oosterzee
Patricia Reyes Benavides
Dr. Birna van Riemsdijk
Julia Rijssenbeek
Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser
Dr. Steffen Steinert
Dr. Chris Wareham

 

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