Cartographies of the Vanishing Now

New Narratives For Earth



Cartographies of the Vanishing Now (COTVN) is a new research and development project exploring the potential of sensory art and alternative cartographic methods to remap reality in the age of environmental collapse. It sets out to capture the impact of the growing ecological instability on the way we organise and model our modern world, traces the forces behind environmental change and simultaneous shifts perspectives to move to brighter futures.

We invite media artists, designers, performers and musicians to collaborate with scientists, botanical experts, anthropologists, activists, bots and spirits to join the COTVN community and a series of activities which will research the topic of instability and imagine symbiotic relationships between man, technology and ecology. This will be done by developing immersive experiences and hybrid instruments through critical research and audiovisual exploration.

Marcia Bjornerud, Timefulness


“We think that our technologies exempt us from the constraints of natural history that for so long defined the human experience. But stranded on the island of Now, we are lonely.”


LAB #1 (Open Call)

The first instance of Cartographies of the Vanishing Now is the five day laboratorium happening in Amsterdam in the week of September 9 to 13, 2019. A selection of makers and thinkers will set out to research and define a wide variety of subjects, experiment with environmental data, create concepts and prototypes for new works and collaboratively shape the future pathway of the project under the guidance of lab mentors and visiting guests. The lab will consist of lectures, masterclasses, micro-workshops and a field trip.

An international open call for participation was launched July 3, 2019. The call closes at Monday July 22 (midnight). The Open Call is extended until Sunday 4 August (midnight).

COTVN LAB #1 | 9 – 13 September, Amsterdam

• Monday 9/9: Welcome Day
• Tuesday 10/9: Programme TBC
• Wednesday 11/9: Programme TBC
• Thursday 12/9: Programme TBC
• Friday 13/9: End Presentations

Participation costs: € 50 (excl. VAT) | We do not provide travel and accomodation budget, but can advice and help out to find suitable accomodation.

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Lecture Programme

The lecture programme will be announced soon.

Team, Mentors and Guests

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  • Michelle Geraerts
    Rhian Morris
    Project Support & Research
    Xandra van der Eijk
    Initiator | Mentor
    Mark IJzerman
    Initiator | Mentor
    Jarl Schulp
    Jarl Schulp
    Initiator | Mentor


Call For Papers & Researchers

FIBER X Simulacrum: Practising Exposure

FIBER and Simulacrum Magazine invite emerging writers, researchers and visual artists to send in a draft proposal for a Call For Papers. With the theme Practising Exposure, both organisations are investigating the possiblities to rethink the self as radically exposed to our environment. Simulacrum serves as an accessible and qualitative publication platform for students and experts.

The deadline for the first version of the contribution is September 30th, 2019. More infomation here:


Practising Exposure: In her book Exposed (2016), Environmental Humanities scholar Stacy Alaimo argues that the Anthropocene is no time for definitive mappings and confident epistemologies. Practicing exposure, Alaimo writes, starts from a rebellious kind of vulnerability that seeks material rather than abstract alliances. Might practicing exposure then be a way to counter the seeming ineluctability of catastrophic climate change?

Within the project, FIBER will offer a number of research positions to student researchers to reflect and write on the lab and the results.
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Why this project?

1 or 2 degrees of global warming. We increasingly hear about it in the news. The urgency of climate change has finally entered the mainstream. In spite of drastic ecological signs, irrefutable scientific evidence and the proliferation of widespread climate strikes, climate change remains an abstract concept to many that is mostly broadcasted through the media. For many of us it feels too big to handle. And yet, we as human beings stand at the threshold of a new earthly age; a world of extreme instability in which the continued existence of humanity, animals and other organisms is by no means guaranteed. The sixth mass extinction is upon us.

We are rocketing through the Anthropocene, an era in which humanity became a geological force, towards what is increasingly being referred to as the Post-Anthropocene; an earthly age in which humanity is no longer the dominant force at the centre of the world. The Western ways of extractive and technological being and acting do grave damage to our world. Destabilising earth systems and eradicating life on a planetary scale, including humankind.

With Cartographies of the Vanishing Now, FIBER and its partners set out to calibrate our vision of reality to the actual reality of the earth. What experiences could support the cognitive shift to create new symbiotic relationships and more-than human futures? Can we use multi-sensory composition as a metaphor for new ways of thinking? Is it possible to unify our technological thinking with ecological thinking to create inclusive narratives and radical innovation to navigate towards new worlds?


Cartographies of the Vanishing Now is an initiative by FIBER in collaboration with Xandra van der Eijk and Mark Ijzerman.

Project partners and collaborators are: Miha Turšič (Waag), Tivon Rice, Michelle Geraerts, Valley of the Possible, Tellart (Bjørn Karmann & Sabrina Verhagen), MA Research Ecology Futures AKV | st.Joost, Simulacrum Magazine.

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