When we draw up a concept of a future city, we tend to do so from a species-specific viewpoint. We render humans as the focal point of that imagination, creating an exclusive, anthropocentric preview of a place predominantly made and destined for humans. However, our surroundings are made up of non-human components as well. Can shifting towards a non-human perspective help us build a more inclusive, holistic and sustainable future city? Ansicht is a podcast series that explores future metropolises through six short fictional stories. By making use of the transposing capabilities of audio, the stories welcome you to a world that is yet to exist, yet can already be formatted in our human imagination – if tickled correctly. Ansicht introduces us to the perspective of a wandering donkey, a falling raindrop, an immortal daffodil and a snack machine hatch to challenge us in making up our non-anthropocentric prospects.
Upon the invitation of citylab RAUM, Tom Loois developed the concept for Ansicht. He invited and involved literary platform Hard // Hoofd for the selection and supervision of writers, and distribution of the podcast scripts. Sound design by Arno Peeters (Tape TV).
Illustration: Reinout Dijkstra