Academy

Do Mayer

HIDA Fellow

Do Mayer is a programmer, artist, and curator from Berlin, studied liberal arts in Hamburg (HfBK) and critical studies in Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste), and researches the intersections of digital modeling, climate and social transformation, and artistic mediation. He is concerned with how simulations and models of our world rub off into the concrete reality of people’s lives, and what constraints and possibilities of aesthetic experience and decision are undermined or supported in the process.

In their research project “Disco Earth”, Do Mayer and Hen/i are looking for methods of cooling. If one were to reflect sun rays back into space using simple mirrors, how many m² of mirror surface would be needed to achieve a significant global cooling effect? Can mirrors and artistic/technical ingenuity be combined to create public land art? And what counterpart would such an approach have in the cultural and social spheres? To get closer to answers to these questions, Do and Hen/i are exploring forms of digital modeling of futures and researching public places and methods of social cooling.

The goal is to make applied climate research tangible through a mix of digital simulation and transdisciplinary experimentation. The essential elements are a computer game-like simulation that traces the physical data of climate change in a virtual world, and a social performance that gives shape to the psychological aspects of human responses to climate change. Coming together at the end: A performative installation that brings together digital simulation and social experimentation in a reflective "cooling station" in a public space. With an accompanying choreography that makes visible the changing relationship of nature/humanity to let a possible future become DISCO EARTH by means of performance, visual effects and music.