Smart Urban Governance for
at QUT The Block
When we think about biodiversity within and near cities, we think through encounters and stories, but also with data. With increasing fires, floods, and species extinction crises: smart technologies (rooted in systems of capitalism, colonialism, and speciesism) progressively regard nonhuman lifeforms as calculable, perceivable, and governable risks. Smart Urban Governance for More-than-Human Future(s) presents speculative artworks that question: What kinds of urban spaces might nonhuman species find helpful? How can technologies facilitate better services for nonhuman species? How can all species have better political participation in urban governance? Through six artworks, artists Bella Deary, Merinda Davies, and Lowana-Skye Davies represent futures collectively imagined by policymakers, environmental lawyers, scientists, urban planners, and climate activists to unsettle the power difference between humans and nonhumans. Artworks invite you to consider how we may be able to think together with ibises, soil, fungi, and koalas, among other species, to govern our cities. They reveal cutting-edge research and stimulate dialogue about interspecies politics that challenge the ongoing extractivism leading to environmental crises.