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.





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

CityClimate meets CreativeCoding

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.  

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