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What can art do to counter global crises today and in the future? The exhibition »:RETOOL« presents explorative and performative tools with which artists inside confront the current complex challenges. Imagine a world of the future as posed by one or more artworks in this exhibition. What do you see?
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26.01.2023: Workshop
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How can we imagine a different future together?
How can we imagine a different future together?
The way we live no longer has a future.
We can control all people so that they do not harm the environment.
We are reaching a tipping point of climate catastrophe and losing most of the achievements of the modern world.
I think the future is something wonderful.
In the future, there will be more bike lanes, more space for people and less for cars.
A car-free infrastructure with good opportunities to be independent of the car.
There will be more green in the city.
With the power of interconnectedness of trees, urban spaces full of feelings of loneliness and lack of nature are repaired.
Wealth and poverty no longer exist.
We can all swim in our waters and drink from them without thinking about pollution.
I have less stress and more vitality.
Through the work of cultural institutions worldwide, the boundaries between culture and nature are disappearing.
In the future, we will base our needs on the availability of natural resources.
The future is without fossil fuels.
By minimizing the consumption of animal products, we create more agricultural land for a healthier and more sustainable diet.
Green roofs alternating with photovoltaics.
By protecting whales, we are support saving the climate.
The symbiosis of architecture and nature is a central building block to mitigate crises of future generations.
What if we replaced all car parking spaces with landscaped staging areas to promote community?
Photovoltaics will become mandatory on any suitable roof, promoted by grants from the state.
A world without war.
We learn to be content with what we have and spend a lot of happy and rewarding time in nature.
The future is full of trees.
We will invest more in education. Ethics will be offered as a compulsory subject, regardless of religious affiliation.
I want nature to be firmly integrated into buildings, streets and squares of cities.
The city shall be destroyed.
A city full of green facades.
We already consider when constructing buildings that all materials can be reused during demolition. 
We stop eating animals.
All people voluntarily wear FFP2 mask.
Through secession, diverse forms of organized coexistence can be tried out. Decentralized power will prove to be the better alternative to states.
It is the city that must move into nature and not nature that must move into the city.
Capitalist systems will no longer exist in the future.
There are greened skyscrapers designed like sculptures with common spaces full of plants and cozy sitting areas and terraces with park landscapes.
We will produce safe, clean and cheap energy using thorium-fueled nuclear reactors.
Cities are characterized by green facades and trees on the roofs.
We will plant more trees.
We will learn how to separate garbage correctly.
A fair city that supports all generations to be active and exercise through freely accessible sports facilities and green spaces.
With a few exceptions, cities will continue to grow into nature and replace it.
Our future is lonely and controlled by a few large corporations.
In the future, cars can be made from waste materials and also run on them.
Fewer cars, more rail lines and group fares. For example: All seniors who voluntarily surrender their driver's license can ride the train and bus for free.
We are abolishing nuclear weapons.
We will bring evolutionary life to more planets in our Milky Way.
We could bring more nature into our cities by greening areas such as roofs or facades.
There should be more streams in the city.
All new developments are produced in a CO2-neutral manner.
An e-bike that charges itself while you ride.
Transactions become easier.
The economic system will change, but democracy survives.
In the future, we'll have robots picking up trash.
We create more opportunities for encounter in non-commercial areas.
Cancer will be curable.
We will achieve the 1.5 degree target.
For the main greenhouse gas emitters, a world with continuing climate change will look only slightly different to the current one.
Any possibility of social renewal is prevented, since any spontaneous impulse is suppressed cause of its expected documentation.
Our society is characterized by automated processes executed by robots and artificial intelligence.
More green spaces and water areas in the city.

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Green City Growth

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This proposal seeks to promote sustainable city growth by encouraging the use of green roofs and facades. These features would provide both aesthetic and environmental benefits, as they would help …

to reduce the impact of urban sprawl by providing a buffer between cities and nature. The green roofs and facades would also provide energy savings and improved air quality, helping to reduce city pollution and improving the health and wellbeing of inhabitants. Additionally, the presence of green roofs and facades would be aesthetically pleasing and improve the overall quality of life in cities.

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Most Desirable
A world without war.
Controversiality: EN 18
Controversiality: DE
Desirability: EN 88.5
Desirability: DE
Probability: EN 21.8
Probability: DE
Most Propable
In the future, we'll have robots picking up trash.
Controversiality: EN 20
Controversiality: DE
Desirability: EN 71.2
Desirability: DE
Probability: EN 79
Probability: DE
Most Controversial
I think the future is something wonderful.
Controversiality: EN 33.6
Controversiality: DE
Desirability: EN 60.9
Desirability: DE
Probability: EN 33.8
Probability: DE
Least Desirable
Our future is lonely and controlled by a few large corporations.
Controversiality: EN 14.2
Controversiality: DE
Desirability: EN 10.1
Desirability: DE
Probability: EN 53.3
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Resulting future scenarios

In their positive expectations, visitors envision a future where tree connectivity, clean water, and a harmonious balance between culture and nature are the norm. Bike lanes, fewer cars, and reliance on natural resources will be part of the way of life, and green roofs, photovoltaics, and green facades will be commonplace in cities. Wealth and poverty will no longer exist and car-free infrastructure will be available to all. Robots will pick up trash and all new developments will be produced in a CO2-neutral way. We will abolish nuclear weapons. Cancer will be curable, and cities will have more greenery, water, and rail lines. Automated processes performed by robots and artificial intelligence will be ubiquitous, and life will be brought to more planets in our Milky Way.

But visitors also see the challenges that can be expected. In the future, there could be a climate catastrophe that leads to the loss of many achievements of the modern world. To meet this challenge, the use of thorium to generate nuclear energy could become more widespread, but this solution also carries its own risks. Thanks to technological advances, transactions may become easier, but this may also lead to the loss of jobs through automation. Cities will likely continue to grow and encroach on nature, and our society may be increasingly shaped by automated processes carried out by robots and artificial intelligence. Despite these challenges, as climate change continues to progress, the world may look only slightly different because the changes it brings will be gradual.

Visitors also envision other, more distant threats. One of those challenges might be the ability to manage all people so that they don't harm the environment. Instead of trees, it is suggested that whales may be more effective at sequestering CO2. All humans may also voluntarily wear FFP2 masks to protect themselves from respiratory hazards. However, there may be destruction in cities and a sense of loneliness as society is controlled by a few powerful corporations. These corporations can also prevent any possibility of social renewal by suppressing spontaneous impulses through strict documentation requirements.

At the same time, visitors dreamed hopefully of a future in which the interconnectedness of trees helps repair urban spaces that are currently full of loneliness and lack of nature. In this future, we will be able to swim and drink in our waters without worrying about pollution. Through the work of cultural institutions around the world, the boundaries between culture and nature will gradually disappear. Our needs will be based on the availability of natural resources and we will have a car-free infrastructure that will allow us to be car-independent. This future is described as wonderful and one where there is neither wealth nor poverty. People will have less stress and more enjoyment of life, and green open spaces will replace car parking and promote community. The capitalist system will no longer exist in the future and decentralized power will be the better alternative to states. People will learn to appreciate what they have because they will have to work to maintain sustainability. In a greener environment, more serotonin and dopamine will be released. Cities will be characterized by green facades and trees on rooftops, and it will be cities that move toward nature, not the other way around. There will be no more war and no more eating animals. The 1.5-degree greenhouse gas reduction target will be met, and there will be more streams in the city. All new development will be produced in a CO2-neutral way. The economic system will change, but democracy will survive and nuclear weapons will be abolished. Evolutionary life will be taken to other planets in our galaxy and there will be fewer cars and more train lines and group fares. Seniors who voluntarily give up their driver's licenses will be able to ride trains and buses for free. Overall, this future world will be characterized by more greenery and water.

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About the exhibition :Retool

What can art do to counter global crises today and in the future? Creative actors:from all fields are developing tools to prepare for unexpected emergencies in an increasingly unpredictable present and with dwindling resources. In doing so, they have both acute use and more long-term perspectives in mind.
The exhibition :RETOOL"" presents exploratory and performative tools with which artists:in confront the current complex challenges. "":RETOOL"" gathers artistic responses to emergency scenarios as we experience them worldwide in the form of pandemic outbreaks or the climate crisis."

: RETOOL presents artworks that assess the impact of blockchain technology, propose new scenarios of posthuman collaboration, explore the future potential of DNA data storage on an urban scale, explore pathways to green energy production and water purification, and propose open-source platforms for youth self-empowerment. These projects illustrate strategic scenarios for collaboration between art, science and technology, where research and practical application come together to seek new forms of resilience and problem-solving.

The exhibition features works by Grow Your Own Cloud, Markus Jeschaunig, Hypercomf, Adriana Knouf, Olga Kisseleva, Studio Lapatsch | Unger & Studio Johanna Schmeer, Unit Lab, Wassim Z. Alsindi & 0x Salon, and STATE, as well as a two-day sound installation by Lugh O'Neill in the ZKM Cube.

This exhibition is part of the triptych "Repairing the Present : REWORLD : REWILD : RETOOL", a transnational project reflecting the results of 21 artistic residencies developed within the framework of the European Commission's S+T+ARTS Regional Centers initiative. The project was funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.

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