Future Pollination Lab

Who I am

The artist as bridge builder and game changer Hans Kalliwoda is currently a Ph.D. Arts candidate at the University of Leiden. Since the 1980s, Kalliwoda’s work has focused on the integration of spectators into artworks, installations and interventions. His conceptual work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums and public spaces internationally. His latest project the World in a Shell – Polliniferous project (WiaS) continues his decades-long tradition of travel and exchange. With this intervention project, Kalliwoda stimulated the Delft University of Technology with new paradigms and programs (2000-2005) revealing how the thrill of exchange invites participation. Working within the framework of autonomy and mobility, Kalliwoda often plays the guinea pig of his own experiments. As co-initiator and director of the not-for-profit Blindpainters Foundation, with his holistic vision of a sustainable practice he has successfully proven possible, a working alternative to the ʻart-business-as-usualʼ for the past twenty years. 


In my current research I took on the challenge to compare two case studies that have recently changed their proven state of sustainability into becoming unsustainable. It concerns a non-human and the human species. The human species is represented by the San, our genetic forefathers and original Homo sapiens and the nonhuman species by the bees, the prime pollinators. In both of these case studies, we find unsustainable behaviour patterns because they are ‘purposely’ decimating themselves in a form of suicide. I am talking about the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) amongst the bees and the suicide amongst male youngsters of indigenous cultures where the term suicide is not part of their vocabulary. One can predict that this trend will grow in the future causing larger implications and grave impacts globally. These consequences will be a drastic decline in our daily diet and by a surrounding of monoculture. I consider myself a solutionist and I find it a challenge to tackle complicated puzzles. By taking on these challenges I consider the processes within the interventions an important part of my art practice.’


At the Future Pollination Lab, the artist performs an interdisciplinary, hands-on and solution based program with students and post-graduates. The aim is to develop biotopes for pollinators in inner-city neighbourhoods by using the Amsterdam Staatslieden-neighbourhood as pilot-project and case study.

BFB0ECDD-3596-4293-8157-81C7111EB14D@lanActivities take place at the World in a Shell (WiaS), which is an autarkic, mobile and autonomous art installation. WiaS can be remodelled into a cinema, a stage for theatre, space for workshops and meetings and utilises technologies that can be used without degrading either the environment nor the values and lifestyles of the people it visits. WiaS is based on the dimensions of a standard sea container, yet folds out to be seven-fold of its original size. In the context of being the utmost ambitious installation in the ‘Tiny Houses’ league, it is also the place that inspires to care, the place that inspires to share and the place that inspires to dare.

The artist will host and inspire a series of exclusive sessions with the executive agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Rijkswaterstaat) on larger questions of sustainability and circular economy.

Other performative features for leisure, relaxation and entertainment are interactive dj setting with the Electric Soul Circus that connects the visitors and the event in an unforgettable experience.

Follow ongoing activities at the Future Pollination Lab Facebook page.


Apart from the need to contemplate on the concept of ‘The Inner City as Natural Reserve’ we need to further the implementation of a refuge for pollinators. As a starting point, we need to realise that social sustainability is a precondition for environmental sustainability. How can we make this fact more transparent and bring it into the realm of the collective consciousness? Do we understand by now that we can’t solve our problems with the same paradigms as when they were created? Is the term ‘Circular Economy’ doomed to fall into the same footsteps as the term ‘Sustainability’, which was high jacked and made redundant by the industries for imago upgrade and monetary reasons. What can we do that leads to a radical attitude change or is it inevitable that mankind is heading towards a division between Homo Ludens and Homo Economicus?