Terra0

A model for nature to regulate and govern itself

By 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Terra0

is a self-owned forest; an ongoing art project that strives to set up a prototype of a self-sufficient piece of land.

Terra0, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Terra0 creates a scenario in which a forest is able to sell licences to log its own trees through automated processes, smart contracts, and Blockchain

Terra0 - I like to think of a cybernetic meadow by © Terra02038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

In doing so, this forest accumulates capital. 

Terra0 - Flowertokens, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

A shift from third-party valorization to self-management makes it possible for the forest to procure its real exchange value, and eventually buy (thus own) itself. 

Terra0 - Flowertokens, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

In owning itself, the augmented forest is able to buy more ground and expand.

Paul Kolling from Terra0, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Paul Kolling, Co-Founder Terra0

Terra0 wants to serve as a valuable prototype to show how governance over physical, non-digital property could be handled.

terra0, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

The evolving prototype built on the Ethereum network aims to provide automated ecosystem resilience frameworks.

Terra0, Flag by © Terra02038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

By instantiating a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) to manage areas of land, Terra0 aims to create technologically-augmented ecosystems that are more resilient. 

Terra0 - Forrest by © Terra02038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Even more, these ecosystems are able to act within a predetermined set of economic rules as agents in their own right.

Paul Seidler from Terra0, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Paul Seidler, Co-Founder Terra0

The main insight gained from this experiment was that distributed technology allowed nonhuman actors to be integrated into contractual relations successfully. 

Terra0 - I like to think of a cybernetic meadow by © Terra02038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

The Project initiated by Paul Seidler, Max Hamphire and Paul Kolling has been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Biennale de Lyon, Drugo More, Furtherfield Gallery, Schinkel Pavillon, transmediale and Vienna Biennale, among others.

A special thanks to Paul Seidler, Max Hamphire and Paul Kolling for participating in the project and further for providing all necessary information and material. For more information visit Terra0.

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