The Anthropocene at HKW

From 2013

Human activities have reshaped the Earth system so profoundly that we seem to have entered a new geological age. In the Anthropocene, geological and human history are deeply interwoven, making it difficult to maintain categories like nature and culture.

Since 2013 HKW has been investigating how the critical planetary transformations of the Anthropocene can be understood, experienced and shaped. In a multitude of exhibitions, installations, conferences, workshops, performances and publications, HKW has explored the cultural, socio-economic and political implications of the Anthropocene predicament asking: Who exactly is the Anthropos that brought about this new geological era? What epistemological foundations have made it possible to transform and exploit the planetary flows of energy and materials? And how are responsibility and agency distributed in the Anthropocene?

Within the framework of the long-term project Anthropocene Curriculum, new methods of transdisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production that meet the challenges of the Anthropocene are continuously being tested. The website, serves as a common research platform for the international network and provides a forum for a multitude of workshops, seminars and field research dedicated to specific questions of knowledge production in the Anthropocene.


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.

From 2019 to 2021, the projects Mississippi. An Anthropocene River, Life Forms, Technosphere Magazine #17 Metabolic Systems,, The Shape of a Practice and Earth Indices: Evidence and Experiment in the Anthropocene were supported by the Federal Foreign Office in the framework of The Anthropocene and its implications for archives and museums.