Haus der Kulturen der Welt


The Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Illustration © Benedikt Rugar, 2012.

The Anthropocene Project
2013–2014

 

An Opening
10–13 January 2013

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10577 Berlin

www.hkw.de
www.hkw.de/anthropocene

Nature as we know it is a concept that belongs to the past. No longer a force separate from and ambivalent to human activity, nature is not an obstacle nor a harmonious other. Humanity forms nature. Humanity and nature are one, embedded within the recent geological record.

This is the core premise of the Anthropocene thesis, announcing a paradigm shift in the natural sciences as well as providing new thought models for culture, politics and everyday life. Popularized by Nobel laureate and chemist Paul Crutzen, the basis for the Anthropocene as our current geological epoch rests on the claim that humankind is the driving power behind planetary transformation. Over the next two years, the HKW embarks on an exploration of this hypothesis and its manifold implications.

The Anthropocene Project opens with a four-day gathering, bringing together renowned thinkers, artists, filmmakers, scientists, and scholars to meet, discuss, and debate an archipelago of thoughts. Fundamental positions, issues, and implications posed by “the age of mankind” are considered: If the opposition between humanity and nature has been dissolved, what processes must we undergo to shift our perspectives and trained perceptions? Where to draw the borders of an ever-expanding “planetary garden”? Is it necessary to rethink the nature of economies, or should we assign nature its own economy? What impact does the Anthropocene have on global, political decision making? What image of humanity forms if nature appears in the image of man, as if it were human?

The Opening employs multiple formats to facilitate presentation, discussion, and reflection. Organized around the themes “Perspectives,” ”Times,” ”Gardens,” ”Oikos,” and “Techné,” five Island Stagings offer trans-disciplinary landscapes and thingly narratives where our entanglement within the world may unfold. Keynotes will address the socio-political, philosophical, and creative capacity of the Anthropocene thesis to (re)mobilize the planet. Pointed questions to and provocative opinions around the Anthropocene are exchanged in a series of Dialogues. Two Roundtables tackle storytelling and friction under the sign of the Anthropocene. Specially commissioned Artistic Interventions present visual, spatial, and poetic reflections, particularly considering the cosmological dimensions of the Anthropocene thesis. A Research Forum brings together researchers and experts to discuss their ongoing projects. A Metabolic Kitchen, an architectonic culinary intervention designed by raumlaborberlin, suggests a sensory experience of social relations approached via metabolic processes.

Participants include:
Akeel Bilgrami, Arno Brandlhuber, Christina von Braun, Claire Colebrook, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lorraine Daston, Erle Ellis, Harun Farocki, Kodwo Eshun, Renée Green, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Aldo Haesler, Ursula K. Heise,  Rem Koolhaas, John Law, Xavier Le Roy, Emma Marris, Gloria Meynen, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, raumlaborberlin, Daniel Rosenberg, smudge studio,  Will Steffen, Michael Taussig, Paulo Tavares, John Tresch, Eyal Weizman, Cary Wolfe, Jan Zalasiewicz

On view in 2013

10–13 January 2013
The Anthropocene Project. An Opening
… as if it were human
Island Stagings, Keynotes, Dialogues, 
Artistic Interventions, Roundtables, Research Forum

21–24 February 2013
Unmenschliche Musik
Compositions by Machines, by Animals, and by Accident
Concerts, performances, installations, films, conversations, game shows

from 1 April 2013 onwards
Im Archiv
Discourses, debates, experiments

23–27 April 2013
SYNAPSE – International Curators’ Network
Workshop

26 April–1 July 2013
The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance
of the Outside
Exhibition
21–22 June 2013
Conference

from 22 May 2013
Anthropocene TV
Film Series

24–27 October 2013
Böse Musik
Odes to Violence, Death and the Devil
Concerts, performances, installations,
films, conversations, game

Further information: www.hkw.de/anthropocene

The Anthropocene Project is an initiative of Haus der Kulturen der Welt in cooperation with the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Deutsches Museum, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

Accreditation requested: presse@hkw.de

Press contact: Anne Maier, anne.maier@hkw.de / T +49 30 39787 153

 

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