How can humans and non-humans work together on the basis of equality? Can such equality be implemented legally in such a way that it leads to ecological regeneration, too?
This experimental set-up explores the possibilities of the ‘zoöp,’ a new form of organisation in which humans and non-humans become joint owners and collaborators within a co-operation.
Neuhaus’ Zoöp Research Facility is a facility for public, practical research into alternative forms of living together, working together and generating ecological capital. The name of this new form of organisation links the legal model of cooperation (or co-op) with the Ancient Greek word ζωή (zoo), which means ‘life’. The zoöp contributes to a stronger social, legal and economic position for non-humans within society, as well as making it possible to work towards a model of reciprocal ecological-economic growth that is able to resist the exhausting dynamics of capitalism. During the Neuhaus period, in the ponds around Het Nieuwe Instituut and in The New Garden, information and experiences will be gained which will then be used in the foundation of a pilot zoöp at Fort Abcoude in September.
See also the report of the first Terraforming Earth Lab: Constitution of a 21st Century Society.
Events on this location
Legal Representation for (Collective Bodies of) Non-humans
In this first in a series of workshops the statutes of the foundation are worked out that arranges for the influence of a collective bodies of non-humans within a 'zoöp'.
How to Measure the Ecological Development of a Zoöp?
In this second workshop the participants work out the concept for an instrument that will be able to indicate the ecological development of a zoöp.
Stress tests for the zoöp
In the fourth in a series of zoöp workshops, participants subject the zoöp model to a series of stress tests.
Designing Prototypes of Zoönomic Instruments
In this third gathering in a series of workshops that lead to the establishment of a zoöp, the results of the previous workshop will be translated into the development of a prototype for an instrument that monitors such a cooperation between humans and collective bodies of non-humans.
Help DeepSteward identify the species in the pond!
DeepSteward is an artificial intelligence that learns about our pond. You can help it by sending it mobile phone photos of the pond. Just post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, tagged with #deepsteward and the species (such as #duck, or #coot or #duckweed). This can be done in Dutch or English. The machine will include your image in its training.