The notion of 'symbioscene' refers to an era in which humans, nature, and technology live in harmony and benefit from each other's existence. The word comes from the Greek 'symbios', meaning living together, and cene (or kainos) denoting geological or ecologial periods.

This notion can be traced back to the work of biologists examining cooperative ecological processes such as Lynn Margulis on 'The Symbiotic Planet' (1998) and has been coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht in creating terminology for ecological futures (2014).

Because it's such a generative and speculative term, it has inspired artists and designers to create future forests imaginaries. This logbook collects these examples.

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Symbio(s)cene is a non-profit organisation with the vision to contribute to shaping a new mindset that promotes thinking beyond the Anthropocene.

"We want to motivate and enable scientists, artists, designers and the general public to engage actively in a transdisciplinary and participatory process, to develop positive, integrative and multifaceted visions for a livable future and towards a respectful and rewarding interaction with other living beings, on a global, regional and local level. " (Symbio(s)cene vision, 2023)

The website's repository offers many resources , connecting this vision to projects that include forests and other green spaces.

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screenshot of the Symbio(s)cene Repository


Welcome to the Symbiocene Forest

Welcome to the Symbiocene is a Dutch documentary that bring together views on the generative notion of the Symbiocene from artists and philosophers including Glenn Albrecht, Jalila Essaïdi en Lucas De Man. The documentary (in Dutch with a few segments in English) can be viewed via this link.

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screenshot of the documentary 'Welkom in het Symbioceen'

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