Models and Realities: Versions of Sustainability
Catalogue documenting the collaborative event and exhibition between students of the Art & Science master’s programme and
the Doctoral School of Sustainable Development.
Envisioning a sustainable future of our planet leads to many attempts to integrate scientific disciplines and respective research
methods. Biosphere 2 was a living model world with the aim to study the interactions between humans, farming and technology.
The ecological experiment was implemented in the 1990s in the Arizona desert and tried to build a closed, independent system
that resembled the most important factors of Earth’s ecosystem. Compared to today’s fine-tuned computational models, which
are used to understand, simulate and control real-world systems and tackle transformation towards sustainability, the project
of Biosphere 2 can serve as a model for an experimental and performative mode of living that dreams of new ways of doing the
natural and the social. The cooperation between students of the Art & Science master’s programme and the Doctoral School of
Sustainable Development uses Biosphere 2 as a starting point to develop a transdisciplinary play that enacts “biospherian”
versions of sustainability.