Smart Urban Governance for More-than-Human Future(s) | Exhibition + Workshop

23rd – 26th June 2022

When we think about biodiversity within and near cities, we think through encounters and stories, but also with data. With increasing fires, floods, and species extinction crises: smart technologies (rooted in systems of capitalism, colonialism, and speciesism) progressively regard nonhuman lifeforms as calculable, perceivable, and governable risks. Smart Urban Governance for More-than-Human Future(s) presents speculative artworks that question: What kinds of urban spaces might nonhuman species find helpful? How can technologies facilitate better services for nonhuman species? How can all species have better political participation in urban governance? Through six artworks, artists Bella Deary, Merinda Davies, and Lowana-Skye Davies represent futures collectively imagined by policymakers, environmental lawyers, scientists, urban planners, and climate activists to unsettle the power difference between humans and nonhumans. Artworks invite you to consider how we may be able to think together with ibises, soil, fungi, and koalas, among other species, to govern our cities. They reveal cutting-edge research and stimulate dialogue about interspecies politics that challenge the ongoing extractivism leading to environmental crises.

Join organisers Hira Sheikh, Marcus Foth, and Peta Mitchell from the Queensland University of Technology for a collaborative workshop to further explore the themes addressed in Smart Urban Governance for More-than-Human Future(s). In this speculative workshop, you’ll experience the exhibition artworks and discuss alternative futures of governance: relational, place-based, responsible, collaborative, and oriented toward multispecies justice. You will consider how we can move past the political and economic drivers within the urban landscape that conceive sustainable futures in human-only terms. You will explore alternative visions for a governance system that can interpret cities through values and experiences of animals, plants, microbes, and other beings besides humans. These ideas and possibilities will be mapped, and we will think together how these alternatives can be enacted in the present.

Hira Sheikh

Exhibiting Artists
Bella Deary, Lowana-Skye Davies, and Merinda Davies

Project Supervision
Marcus Foth and Peta Mitchell

Project Partner
More-than-Human Future(s) Research Group at QUT’s Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice

Smart Urban Governance for More-than-Human Future(s) exhibition and workshop are part of Hira Sheikh’s doctoral research in collaboration with the More-than-Human Future(s) Research Group at QUT’s Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice.

We are committed to making our events accessible to people of all abilities, different ages, and different backgrounds. If you have any specific dietary, accessibility, or other requirements, please note this on your registration or email


Date and Time
Workshop | 23rd June 2022, Thursday from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Opening Event | 23rd June 2022, Thursday at 6:30 pm – 8.30 pm
Exhibition Dates | 23rd – 26th June 2022, Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Location: The Block QUT Z3 Block, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059 [link to map]
Start Date: 23/06/2022 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 10.00am
End Date: 26/06/2022
End Time: 5.00pm
Enquiries: Hira Sheikh,