(Un)Earthing the Truth: Ownership and Narratives about the Planet Conference at Ars Electronica

8 September 2023, POSTCITY, Linz, AT

On More-than-Planet day, we focus on the central question is 'Who owns the planet?' in (Un)Earthing the Truth: Ownership and Narratives about the Planet we delve into the notion of ownership in relation to the planet, questioning their complicated relationship. How do we get to a notion of co-owning the planet? The day will also be dedicated to discussion and talks on topics addressing environmental concerns, planetary imaginaries, and related environing technologies.

Guests from a wide array of disciplines, encompassing artists, scientists, scholars, and economists, will convene to challenge the narratives that mold our comprehension of ecological concerns.

Through interactive sessions, keynotes, panels and workshops, we contemplate the true value of ownership and how it all relates to our relationship with nature. From the ethics of space exploration to the governance of deep-sea resources, we ask what truly is ours and how we can solve pressing problems through innovative financing of our global commons. We explore the intersection of science, technology, and the arts in addressing societal challenges and uncover the complexities of shared ownership. A deep dive into the narratives influencing nature conservation culminates in rewriting the narratives and reclaiming ownership of our relationship with nature for a sustainable and equitable future.


11:00 - 11:05 Opening Words by Georg Häusler, EU Commission POSTCITY, Conference Hall

11:05 - 11:25 What can we truly own? POSTCITY, Conference Hall

11:25 - 11:45 Who owns Space? POSTCITY, Conference Hall

11:25 - 12:25 Who owns the Deep Sea? POSTCITY, Conference Hall

12:30 - 13:00 Financing Our Common Future: How to fund, hedge and manage our global commons POSTCITY, Conference Hall

13:00 - 13:10 Can a European wealth tax close the green investment gap? POSTCITY, Conference Hall

13:50 - 14:20 S+T+ARTS Presentations POSTCITY, Conference Hall

14:20 - 15:05 Bridging art, tech and the environment POSTCITY, Conference Hall

15:10 - 15:30 Ownership of narratives POSTCITY, Conference Hall

15:45 - 16:30 Workshop: Country Centered Design: A pathway for embedding Indigenous Protocols into Artificial Intelligence. POSTCITY, Conference Hall

16:35 - 16:55 The myth of tech innovation as a savior POSTCITY, Conference Hall

16:55 - 17:00 (Un)Earthing the Truth: Final Remarks POSTCITY, Conference Hall