Paula Albuquerques opening words created an environment and space in which everyone was appreciated, and gave the space and breadth for all to be listened to and talk openly. In main the discussion that took hold, in the words of Jaco de Swart, considered “how can you find your lost keys, if the lost keys do not even exist”? Echoed with questions by Špela Petriç in that if scientists or artists pre-aptly research with a desired object in mind (in this discussion we think about dark matter and plant pleasure) is it more likely that this object of desire to be found? Laura van Grinsven makes clear that the human ego hinders and intervenes with the ability to detangle the object of desire from research, and proposes a restructuring of arts education that eradicated the artists ego. We leave the night contemplating how Špela Petriç might go forward with her research into the unknown, as she explores co-creation with artificial intelligence in the hybrid forms lab at the VU, thinking about how plants feel pleasure.
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