A PLATFORM FOR SYMBIOTIC THINKING
In Symbiosis, different ideas and areas of knowledge meet to explore the concept "symbiotic thinking". By applying a symbiotic perspective on contemporary and future events and challenges, we allow different methods and analyzes to interact in order to create new images and stories of a complex present and future.
To understand the time we live in, its challenges and humanities relationship to the world around us, we must think, research and collaborate across borders.
Our ambition with the project is therefore to unpretentiously and creatively discuss and test all kinds of possible and impossible symbiotic contexts. The Symbiosis project can be seen as an experimental and transdisciplinary platform for testing and shaping symbiotic thinking.
During recent years, the project has been developed in dialogue with researchers, artists and others and will result in an exhibition and public program at Färgfabriken in 2021.
By collaborating with people from various fields such as art, research, architecture, environmental sustainability, political science and economics, our ambition is to facilitate an experimental hub that explores and challenges "Symbiotic thinking".
We hope that Symbiosis will fuel many new conversations.
The term symbiosis is defined as a biological interaction in which one or more different organisms live together in a close relationship with some kind of effect, either positive or negative. The word comes from the Greek and can be translated into "living with".
Symbiosis is increasingly used when talking about interaction between different systems. This can be, for example, how social structures, communications, the environment and biodiversity interact in urban planning.
What happens when we apply "symbiosis" as a model of thought when adressing our present and future challenges?
Photo: Gylleboverket. Work in progress.
In 2021, we open the doors to an exciting and variable exhibition that also serves as a workshop space and place for meetings, conversations and discussion.
In Symbiosis, together with many others, we have reflected on various issues and themes that help us find different inputs and symbiotic relationships.
In a short time, our existence has gone from living in isolated groups and clans on the savannah to becoming civilizations based on systems that are complexly intertwined around our entire planet. This has created a strong yet fragile "cobweb" of relationships and structures that affect each other. In their daily lives people are dependent on goods and services that origin around the world. Economic and political systems are interdependent in sophisticated but also contradictory ways. Their inner powers are both positively and negatively charged. Trade and mutual cooperation create trust and prosperity at best. But disputes over who has the initiative for change and changes in the equilibrium of power cause conflicts.
Our world is intertwined across national borders through oceans, lakes, rivers and small streams of water. Water is a symbiotic element. A prerequisite for life. (Scientists now believe that there is water both on the moon and inside the celestial body Pluto). How can multiple perspectives on water create positive holistic world views? Water is connected to many aspects of life, such as the illusion of control, the modernist view of the city, cleanliness, food, industry, population growth, disasters, conflicts, migration, recreation, biology and many others.
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