Villa Futuro

This website is part of the ongoing project Villa Futuro: Artistic research with digital media around the speculative story of a slum in the middle of nowhere by Gonzalo H. Rodríguez at the scientific/artistic Ph.D. program of the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg.

Here you can accompany and participate in the process of developing storytelling and/or find out about some artistic proposals, texts, activities, sketches, and images related to this project.

If you want to know more about the work in progress of this project, please scroll down.


0,5V 0,2mA (And Other Entangled Stories)

Art exhibition at Matjö Raum für Kunst

May 11th 2023 – June 18th 2023

Thus, man has the function of being the constant coordinator and inventor of the machines that are around him. He is in the middle of the machines which act and work with him.
(Gilbert Simondon: The Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, p. 11.)

At first glimpse, the model of the city that visitors can see through the display window in the exhibition space is neither the cast-iron model of a city nor does it come from a 3D printer. It consists of electronic scrap, of countless broken devices that the media artist Gonzalo H. Rodríguez has been collecting and disassembling into individual parts. The destruction has one goal: to let something new emerge.

Rodríguez’s unique technical ensemble recombines the inner life of the various electronic scrap parts that gives contour to a fictitious city: Villa Futuro. In order to let the human and non-human inhabitants of this city of the future have their say, Rodríguez uses augmented reality (AR) technology. During the exploration tour, you can listen to the life story of an abandoned toy robot that becomes a nest for lizard eggs. Or you might come across the potato experiment that the human settlers conduct to generate electricity for the city, which provided the impetus for the exhibition’s title (0,5V 0,2mA).

The generation of electricity is not only essential for the survival of the fictional city dwellers but also reflects the artistic method: The electrical waste is given a new life in the recombination, is recycled, ‘energized’ and thus becomes the engine of a narrative structure that tells speculative stories of a marginal city’s emergence. The visitors are free to choose the point of entry and thus become entangled in a city life that is perhaps not so alien to their own.

-Exhibition text by Dr. Daniela Doutch-

“0,5V 0,2mA (and other entagled stories)” is part of the artistic-scientific Ph.D. project “Villa Futuro” at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

This exhibition was kindly funded by:


Object by Kerstin Nieke

Workshop: TALKING TRASH: 15.06. – 17.06.23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What does a battery think about its demise? How does a defective hairdryer imagine its future? Can a broken PC be anything other than a PC?

The media artist Gonzalo H. Rodríguez and the literary scholar Daniela Doutch invited people to bring along a piece of scrap metal of their choice to give it a new life. The form and medium of the object biography could be freely chosen: writing, drawing, photography, video, or sound. The only condition was that the object biography be finalized and presented at Matjö on one of the three workshop days.

Object by Ulla Zenner
Sound composition by Ulla Zenner

Prelude to the stories: