CitizenAI (2023)


CitizenAI explores a possible near future, where the climate politics of Hamburg is transferred to a citizen council advised by researchers, an AI and a system dynamics model. Governments worldwide have prioritized the short-term gain of industry and capital at the expense of environmental health and the survival of countless species – could an AI and researcher informed citizen council set new standards for a humanist politics?

The work consists of an intervention in public space with a poster campaign claiming that an AI will take over Hamburg's climate policy and a performative installation where visitors can discuss proposed measures against climate change, select a set of measures and evaluate their effectiveness. The project is a provocation, an experiment and a search for a way to deal with the massive failure of human politicians in responsible climate policy.


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CityClimate meets CreativeCoding 2023, Hamburg

Mittwoch 04.10.2023 16.30 -21.00 

Location: Jupiter Hamburg


In the fall of 2022 CityClimate meets CreativeCoding brought together international artists, data analysts and data curators to work on new data art projects. The basis for ideas are the already existing digital tools of the City Science Lab (CSL). The City Science Lab at the HafenCity University Hamburg investigates the urban challenges in the era of digitalization in cooperation with partners from civil society, politics, economy, and science. It pursues an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective by linking technical issues with social and cultural developments. As part of their work the CSL develops digital city models based on comprehensive urban data to make future cities more sustainable.

For the first phase in November 2022 the participants were invited to get to know the Labs tools and each other during a kick-off workshop. 

Until March 2023 participants were working on building teams and developing prototypes to turn them into concrete project ideas that were presented to an external jury and fellow participants.

For the second phase, three nominated projects Tree Planting RobotCitizen A.I. and Climate Future: Image Generator were awarded a budget for implementation. 

The outcome was publicly presented on the CityClimate meets CreativeCoding Festival from October the 4th - 6th October, 2023.  


Concept: Birk Schmithüsen, Mikala Hyldig Dal, Nina Maria Stemberger | System Dynamics: Rico Herzog | Climate Scientist: Gaby Langendijk | Stage Design: Anna Satu Kaunisto | Speculative Research: Birk Schmithüsen | Performance: Nina Maria Stemberger | Images and Videos: Mikala Hyldig Dal | Web Programming: Jakob Wierzba | AI programming: Daniel Franke | Production: Isabella Jahns | Documentation: Alfonso Morales

Nina Maria Stemberger

is a performance artist, choreographer, theater and dance educator. She cofounded the performance company ArtesMobiles. In her work, she repeatedly asks herself how art in public space can be an integral part of the development of future perspectives and how it can be shaped.

further projects: FlyingDrinks, BehindWalls, SpeculativeAI, *JU.PI.TER*, MagicDrink, LaBodega, SquareLand

Birk Schmithuesen

is a media artist living in Leipzig. His work is shown internationally at key media art festivals in France, Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Germany, including re:publica, Chaos Communication Congress, Ars Electronica Festival and ZKM. Birk Schmithüsen is co-founder of ArtesMobiles and FlashClash. For collaborations with the performing arts, he produces interactive audiovisual environments using generative sound design, multi-channel sound, lighting design, video projection mapping and motion tracking.
The performers can interact with the immersive sceneries and the audience is diving into.

further projects: FlyingDrinks, BehindWalls, SpeculativeAI, *JU.PI.TER*, MagicDrink, LaBodega, SquareLand

Mikala Hyldig Dal

Mikala Hyldig Dal is an artist and curator working with new media and performance. She explores political cultures through emerging technologies and collective interventions. Her work integrates critical theory into immersive digital environments, challenging dominant power structures from intersectional perspectives. Her practice involves augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. Fusing elements from speculative history, science (fiction) and mythology, her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the 12th Berlin Biennial, Martin Gropius Bau, and HKW Berlin, Townhouse Gallery Cairo, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen, Flux Factory New York, Azad Gallery Tehran, and has been reviewed in publications such as TAZ, The Guardian, and Monopol Magazine. In 2011, she founded the research project „Images of Transition“ about art and activism in the Arabic Uprisings of the 2010s. In 2018, she co-founded the queer-feminist artist collective Maternal Fantasies. In 2022, together with programmer Farhan Khalid, she created the augmented reality app „Monuments“ for site-specific interventions in digital space. Mikala Hyldig Dal is a graduate of the University of Arts Berlin, Class of Media Art.

Dr. Gaby Langendijk

Dr. Gaby Langendijk is an interdisciplinary climate scientist, who's work centers around climate change impacts and climate adaptation. In particular, Gaby researches how cities can adapt to climate change and what type of measures can be taken and how they interact with mitigation targets and sustainable development goals. For the Citizen AI project Gaby advised on climate change actions for urban areas and took part in the performance. After spending a few years at the UN entity the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Gaby obtained her PhD at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), and she is currently working as a scientist at Deltares in the Netherlands. Gaby has a fascination for the interaction between science and the arts, in the context of climate change. 


Rico Herzog

Rico Herzog is the Lead for Modelling, Simulation, AI and Machine Learning in Germany’s largest smart city project “Connected Urban Twins” and a research associate at the City Science Lab at HafenCity University Hamburg, a cooperation with MIT Media Lab. With a background in spatial planning and in computational modelling and simulation of complex socio-technical systems, his research revolves around digital urban twins and their contribution to a sustainable urban transformation. Focussing on the interplay of digital models and simulations of various kinds, he explores new approaches on capturing urban complexity in the digital sphere. Further academic interest lies in public value conflicts in urban planning and in serious gaming as a simulation method.


Anna Satu Kaunisto

Anna Satu Kaunisto is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for collaboration. As a scenographer, cultural worker, and artist, she finds inspiration in productions that come to life through the collective effort of many individuals. With over 10 years of experience in self-governed cultural initiatives, she is currently studying stage design at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, where she has been the tutor of her class in 2021/22. Her designs have been showcased at various venues including Kulturfabrik Kampnagel, Hamburg Theater Academy, Fusion Festival, and the annual birthday celebrations of the squatted artist community Gängeviertel, where she also serves as a curator and planner. As a characteristic of her artistic practice, she displays a preference for mass material installations and a particular interest in using recycled or secondhand materials. This preference emerges from her commitment to sustainability, but more importantly, it is driven by the inspiration she finds in materials that have already had a life before. Anna Satu creates culture in non-traditional spaces, which she views as places of encounter and freedom. Her works emerge from and seek these special locations. She lives and works in Hamburg, Gängeviertel.

Jakob Wierzba

Jakob Wierzba studied photography for way too long. His works often start at photographic ideas but become interactive, transparent systems, machines, bots, collections. They investigate the weird relationship technology has to our vision, bodies and culture. Jakob podcasts and talks about science fiction on the radio. He teaches experimental photography and works as a web developer to make rent.

Isabella Jahns

graduated in communication and media studies at the University of Leipzig in 2022 and is gaining experience in the field of public relations. She has always been interested in theater and creative work, as well as the process of creating different projects and the interaction of all participants. She has been working with ArtesMobiles since 2021 and supports various projects and productions.

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