The All Rivers and Species Act

AI, Ecology, Worldbuilding, Policy

The next project that was born during Weaving With Worlds is ‘The All Rivers and Species Act 2021’. This multifaceted blueprint is a collaboration between Cristina Napoleone, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Nayeli VegaJemma Woolmore, Jenny Handley & Lily McCraith. The collective uses the name TARASA - The All Rivers and Species Act. The group considered stories of person-hood; the many global perspectives on the non-human; the lives and rights of water. The group cites the 2017 event in which the Whanganui River in New Zealand was granted legal personhood. The group considered the approach of the local Māori people of Whanganui to their River, and the implications this act of law has on protecting waterbodies and their many species.With a particular interest in technology, TARASA collaborated with machine learning AI-tool GTP2, to generate a fictional legal text (read here), which was instructed by various models interacting with each other.
The group channelled the voice of the act through a specific creature, in a visualised organic woven combination of River life.Drawing from images of waterways around the world, several soundscapes were extracted as imagined by AI machine Imaginary Soundscape. These soundscapes are combined with actual aural interactions from Rivers the members could connect with near their homes across the world.

Click here to read the All River Species Act 2021