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Practical ethics for a post human-centric society

The training focuses on developing a practical ethics for living in a society that is no longer human-centric, examining the friction between humanitarian and posthuman values.

The narrative setting is that of an ocean dwelling zoöp in the mid 21st century, a floating artificial island that leads a mostly independent existence outside territorial waters. The ocean zoöp takes on board a group of people – the training participants -  who have to find a mode of existence that meets humanitarian needs, posthuman values, zoönomic as well as material conditions on different stages of Maslovs’ pyramid.

This workshop will be organized for a second time in the context of the exhibition I See That I See What You Don’t See, at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and will be re-staged at various moments in the development of the zoöp project.

The training Extraterritorial Zoöperations is developed by:

  • Scenario: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut, initiator of the zoöp project and Sjef van Gaalen, design theorist, co-developer of zoöp concept.
  • Sound design: Mark Bergwerff, theatre maker, sound artist. 
  • Graphic design: Mislav Žugaj, graphic designer.


Ruhr Triennale 2019 - Training for the Future is curated by Jonas Staal and will take place in Bochum, Germany from 20 to 22 September 2019. Tickets for Extraterritorial Zoöperations can be booked through the website of the Ruhrtriennale



Bochum, Germany

Delany Boutkan, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Setareh Noorani
Alex Walker