On this page you can find the collected documentation of the research carried out in the context of the zoöp project.
This section includes reports of collective design research sessions elaborating the zoöp format, which took place as part of Neuhaus - Academy for More-Than-Human Knowledge. This research builds on concepts derived from the Terraforming Earth programme, which was organised around the exhibition Gardening Mars. The documentation of research conducted on the development of zoönomic instruments and methods - the ways in which zoöps monitor the development of their zoönomic quality and make it legible - can also be found below.
Neuhaus Zoöp Research Facility
The Neuhaus Zoöp Research Facility initiated public, practical research into alternative forms of living together, working together and generating ecological capital.
From May to August 2020, an international group of designers, scientists, artists and activists worked together online to explore the values behind specific social, urban and ecological issues affecting Venice, as well as other parts of the world. We Are Here Venice was a partner in the programme.
A Zoönomic Method
In the summer of 2020, as part of the Venice Exploratorium, teams from four different cities in Europe critically explored and refined a method for engaging with a site as a zoöp. The method has been applied in several experimental settings since, each leading to further refinement. It has developed into the general framework for the practice of zoönomy, and the Zoönomic Annual Cycle.
Report Zoöp Workshop I
Legal Representation for (Collective Bodies of) Non-Humans
A summary of the main thoughts and additions to the zoöp concept that were developed in the first zoöp research workshop. Can equality between humans and non-humans be legally implemented in such a way that it leads to ecological regeneration?
Report Zoöp Workshop II
Measuring the Ecological Development of a Zoöp
A summary of the main new thoughts and additions to the zoöp concept that were developed in the second zoöp research workshop. This workshop focused on ways to assess ecological development.
Report Zoöp Workshop III
Developing Instruments for Ecological Assessment
A summary of the third zoöp research session's main findings. This session took place in the context of the Neuhaus temporary academy for more-than-human knowledge. The aim of this third zoöp research workshop was to further conceptualise some of these zoönomic instruments.
Report Terraforming Earth Lab 1
Constitution of a 21st-Century Society
The Terraforming Earth project was developed as a response to the Gardening Mars exhibition, part of the Dissident Gardens project. Gardening Mars investigates the notion of terraforming Mars.
Report Terraforming Earth Lab 2
Autonomous Agents for a Regenerative Ecology
Autonomous Agents for Regenerative Ecology was the second lab in a series of three Terraforming Earth Labs. The second lab built on work that was carried out during the first lab: Constitution of a 21st-Century Society.
Terraforming Earth Talks
The Terraforming Earth talks by Jaya Klara Brekke and Jay Springett were the public start of the Terraforming Earth programme, a series of lectures and design labs about 21st-century society.