Wietske Maas is a cultural worker and an artist researching urban ecologies. Based in Amsterdam since 2005, Wietske combines artistic pursuits with work as a producer and curator for the European Cultural Foundation and as researcher and project manager at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and managing editor for the concluding phase of FORMER WEST (2014-2016).

In 2007, Wietske coined the term ‘urbanibalism’ and started developing with Matteo Pasquinelli the eponymous project urbanibalism. Urbanibalism picks a bone with the binary morality that casts nature and culture into separate ecologies. It seeks instead a newfound materialist ethics for the city, using cultural tools to explore the urban as a messy site of digestions between people, institutions, other life forms and non-organic matter. Tapping into unexpected food chains to make new public recipes and conviviums, urbanibalism metabolises new relations between art, philosophy, science and the urban public sphere. (NB. urbanibalism website was originally urbanibalism.org, but the term and our website’s content has now been fully plagiarized and cannibalized by a project called “Smart Urbanism,” which we have no connection to.)

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