Hyper-Empathy Machines

A collaborative research project with Charlie Tweed, Hyper-Empathy Machines uses speculative fiction and sci-arts practice to propose methods of communion between human and non-human life.

A project in its early stages, we hosted a workshop in 2022 to flesh out initial ideas around empathy with fungi and bacteria. Along with our amazing participants – Merate Barakat, Lynne Boddy, Bryony Gillard, James Saunders, Jennet Thomas and Tom Williams – we spent the day learning about Mycology and Microbiology, and imagining ways of bridging perceptual divides between them and ourselves.

The project is now at the stage of a funding bid to flesh things out further, working towards a larger AHRC bid in the medium term.