Do Europeans need to reshape their connection with the natural environment? What role can arts & culture play in this? We will discuss with several European artists and initiatives how to open up to listen to our natural environment in Europe in light of extinction, biodiversity loss and climate change.

About the speakers

Michiel van Iersel works as a curator, educator and urbanist and is co-founder of Loom, an Amsterdam and Rotterdam based practice for cultural transformation. Loom develops exhibitions, publications, sound installations and other formats that bring together different viewpoints around urgent issues. Recent collaborators include the Urban Futures Studio the, Research Group Art & Spatial Praxis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Het Noordbrabants Museum. He combines his work with Loom with the position as Program Lead of the Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation and Coordinator of the Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies ETH Z├╝rich.

Nahuel Cano is a performer and sound experimenter. His work focuses on the relationship between ecological collapse, grief, and colonization. He uses sound, film, storytelling, songs, and poems as materials to create performances that put the transformative power of listening at the core. He was born in Patagonia, Argentina, and is currently based in the Netherlands. In 2020, he graduated from the DAS Theater Master Program in Amsterdam (AHK). Since 2022, he has been a guest artist invited by the Province of Utrecht to research the intersection of ecology and Dutch history across the Vecht River. ”

Christiane Bosman studied art history, heritage and communications management. Christiane is convinced that imagination and storytelling are essential for shaping a new biocentric and future-proof narrative. As director of communications and public programme at the Embassy of the North Sea, she advocates the cultural, legal and political representation of the North Sea. As quartermaster at the Ministry of the Future, she aims to prioritize intergenerational thinking (cathedral thinking).


In collaboration with
Ambassade van de Noordzee