Hacking the Anthropocene
'Learning with the Land: Dispositions for Hacking the Anthropocene' (Hacking the Anthropocene for short) is a major focus of SWISP Lab. This community engagement / research initiative invites young people and mediators at Science Gallery in Australia, India and America with pre- and in-service visual arts and design teachers at University of Melbourne to consider how global and local struggles are deeply interconnected. The aim is to co-create intercultural climate futures by:
- Creating a space for creative and complex dialogue between Melbourne, India and America that began in the ’Climate and Art and Digital Activism Festival’ (2022).
- Engaging with Science Gallery Bengaluru, Melbourne and Atlanta and its community through a shared inquiry framed by the interrelated challenge of exploring ‘Justice/s, Future/s, Activism/s’ in Anthropo-scenic times.
- Working with a mobile 'Hacking the Anthropocene’ kits (HAK.io) (building upon Bauhaus activity cards and Fluxus movement) with youth mediators recruited from Science Gallery Bengaluru and artists–in-residence in Australia, India and America.
- Taking HAK.io on the road to engage with young people in Australia, India and America, and
- Creating a metaverse environment in Mozilla Hubs from ‘Hacking the Anthropocene’ which will operate as a digital site for two-way knowledge exchange in Australian, Indian and American cultural institutions and university settings that will evolve into a longer-term collaborative project between MGSE and SGM that integrates with the STEM Centre Learning program.