Multispecies Empathy

Empathic Apathy

Main Researcher

Miguel Santos


01.05.22 — 23.09.22

Written correspondence between the authors of the project Miguel Santos and Margarita Köhl about the meaning of empathy in diverse contexts (socio-political, technological, philosophical, ecological). It forms the starting point of a collaborative narrative that slowly evolves and encourages interspecies dialogue. In this eco-empathic experiment, the emerging text will be used as a source for interpretation by two or three or more inhabitants (Machines? Other species? Dinosaurs?) from planets B, C, D, E.

The project was developed in the context of the Ars Electronic Festival: Planet B, raising the question of whether contemporary approaches to environmental problems are just different manifestations of the same lack of empathy.


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.