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Haus der Kulturen der Welt Discusses our Planet

October 17th, 2014

News from Berlin – Starting on October 16th, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has been hosting “The Anthropocene Project. A Report”, an extensive series of events in conclusion to the Anthropocene Project. The project as a whole was started in 2013 and has been based on broad reflections on Anthropocene, meaning a scientific epoch that began when human activities started having a significant global impact on the Earth’s Ecosystems. The main premise of the Anthropocene theory is that our notion of nature is now out of date, since humanity forms nature through its activities; this might represent a paradigm shift in the natural sciences as well as provide new models for culture, politics and everyday life.

In this context, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt is now presenting “A Matter Theater”, a project bringing together demonstrations, practices and exchanges from artists, theorists and scholars from around the world to discuss the impact of human activities on earth. Other initiatives include exhibitions by Adam Avikainen, The Otolith Group and the Anthropocene Observatory.

“A Report” also includes a four volume publication titled “Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Day” that will be presented this week for the first time; the book presents a selection of historic texts from Hippocrates to Borges, an archive of reflections on objects and their transformation, commented on and expanded by contemporary authors.

“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.

News from Berlin – Berlin Global