Cities have always provided habitats for many species, including non-human species. In fact, animal migration to cities is currently increasing worldwide. The project Cohabitation calls for fundamentally broader understanding of the city, in which animals and humans are recognized as equally important urban protagonists, and presents new approaches for the future development of interspecies cities. Cohabitation sees itself as a manifesto that calls for us to think about new modes of subjectivation, kinship, and solidarity, and to become aware of the fact that humans could only evolve through interactive and cooperative relationships with other species. To spark this shift in perspective, Cohabitation uses a variety of formats to examine urban concepts from the past and present in search of forms of solidarity-based cohabitation that may help to shape urban societies in the future.
At the heart of the project is the exhibition Cohabitation – A Manifesto for the Solidarity of Non-Humans and Humans in Urban Space which features more than 30 artistic and architectural positions on the topic. Based on three key perspectives – “Anthropocity,” “Eco City,” and “Zoopolis” – the projects question the ambivalent relationship between animals, humans, and nature in an urban context and offer a variety of approaches for revising current conditions.