Coexistence in The Landscapes of The Anthropocene

EPFL, École Polytechnique, Alps meterological model, Lausanne, Switzerland | © Armin Linke

Modern infrastructures have brought forth disturbance-based ecosystems in which living beings must always develop new strategies for survival. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing probes the possibilities of living in the ruins of capitalism. As part of the Anthropocene Lectures series, the anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, who teaches in the United States and Denmark, asks how we can find new ways to coexist in anthropocene landscapes.

In her book The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton University Press 2015, German translation: Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2018), Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing examines the complex interrelationships between living organisms and their nonliving environment. By tracing migration and trade routes as well as chains of value and speculation, she demonstrates how they unite to form a global system and ever-new environments. She advocates making worldwide socio-ecological processes legible in transdisciplinary collaboration between academics and artists. Following her lecture, she will talk with curator Bergit Arends about the potentials of transdisciplinary knowledge production in the reconstruction of anthropocene traces on our planet.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also the Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark and Director of Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA), a long-term partner of the Anthropocene Curriculum. 

Bergit Arends is Curator and Researcher at the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the Research & Public History Institute of the Science Museum Group. She curates the Kunst/Natur program at the Natural History Museum, Berlin, and was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Natural History Museum, London.

The event is part of the Anthropocene Lectures, which invite prominent partakers in the anthropocene debate to accentuate and further contemplate the concept of an epoch impacted by humankind. HKW has been grappling with the anthropocene as a social paradigm shift since 2013. The discussion continues at a transdisciplinary platform for anthropocene research and teaching developed in an exchange with international partner projects.

The Anthropocene Lectures are developed in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is funded by the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the German Foreign Ministry.

Anthropocene Lecture: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Lecture and discussion
In English

March 27, 2018, 7pm, free admission

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