Multispecies Empathy

Empathic Apathy

Main Researcher

Miguel Santos


01.05.22 — 23.09.22

Multispecies Empathy: Empathic Apathy was developed and exhibited at the Ars Electronic Festival 2022: Planet B. The project considers whether contemporary approaches to environmental problems are different manifestations of human-centred approaches and their limited empathy.

Emphatic Apathy uses the correspondence between Miguel Santos and Margarita Köhl about the meaning of multispecies empathy in diverse contexts (socio-political, technological, philosophical, ecological). It forms the starting point of a collaborative and speculative narrative that slowly evolves and encourages interspecies dialogue. In this digital eco-empathic experiment, the text and sound recordings in Portuguese, German and English were used for future interpretation by two or three inhabitants (Machines? Other species? Dinosaurs?) from planets B, C, D, and E.


Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Austria


This work is co-funded by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., in the scope of the Programmatic Funding allocated to the Research Laboratory in Design and Arts (LIDA) with the reference “UIDP/05468/2020″ and by the European Union. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the EACEA can be held responsible for these views.