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We once had a very direct relationship to our energy use, as with most animals today, it was directly related to our metabolic rate. Asleep we require about 90 watts of energy to ‘run’, to subsist in the Amazon as a hunter gatherer requires about 250 watts. With the rise of civilisation and technology, the modern middle class human in the developed world requires around 11,000 watts to live, which, as physicist Geoffrey West “is more watts than a blue whale … the biggest animal that has ever existed.”
Today we associate guilt with our energy footprints. In the post-carbon world of New Order we may instead embrace our animal avatars, giving them names and identities of their own. Come and introduce yourself.

In collaboration with Katja Novitskova
Hosted by Mediamatic.
Part of New Order, an event and exhibition series on energy, economy and art in a post-carbon world. From March 9 to May 6 2012
Thanks to Hsien Yu and Carlos for helping build it.
Photos: Simone Schoutens