The Anthropocene at HKW

From 2013

The Anthropocene has become a fixed element of contemporary debates. In this new geological age, humankind has become a force of nature, inscribing itself in the geological depths of the planet.

In 2013, HKW started its examination of the new geological age. A two-year research project probed the cultural, socio-economic and political implications of the Anthropocene with exhibitions, performances and workshops. Since then, the Anthropocene Curriculum has been testing pathways for a transdisciplinary culture of knowledge and education and new methods of mediation that meet the challenges of the Anthropocene. The website reflects the current state of research and makes the results of the process available to the public.

In 2014 and 2016, the Anthropocene Curriculum has been explored and tested during two Campus events at HKW. Since then, the project has created a wide international network, whose activities are continuously being documented on the website.

The most recent milestone in the Anthropocene Curriculum framework was marked by the project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River (2018-2019), which brought together scientists, artists and activists to explore specific local approaches to planetary changes along the exemplary Aanthropocenic landscape of the Mississippi River.

In the fall of 2020, the project The Shape of a Practice will explore tools and methods of research and towards agency in the Anthropocene in the light of digitalization.



Past projects

Campus 2014 & 2016

How does the Anthropocene change academic approaches to the world? For two issues of the Anthropocene Campus, international teachers and researchers from the natural sciences, humanities, art, and architecture developed model teaching programs of “earth-bound knowledge.” Each tested them in experimental teaching formats together with 100 selected young academics and cultural professionals.