PLANET OF MAN

The Arts and Sciences at the Outset of the Anthropocene
11 September – 14 December 2013

Jürgen Nefzger - Sulden Glacier, Italy, 2008
Jürgen Nefzger, Sulden Glacier, Italy, 2008, 2013, © Jürgen Nefzger
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle - Happiness is a state of insertia
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Happiness is a state of insertia, © Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Foto: Christoph Knoch

Human behavior is having a significant, unprecedented impact on the Earth. Nature no longer shapes us; we shape nature and in doing so we are interfering substantially in the Earth’s ecosystem. In just one lifetime, the face of the Earth has changed dramatically. Planet Earth has become the planet of man.

Even in the most remote regions, we find evidence of human activity. We have become a geophysical superpower that is comparable with major forces of nature. A growing number of scientists are speaking of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene (from the ancient Greek: anthropos, man). It is supplanting the Holocene that began roughly 11.000 years ago with the end of the last Ice Age.

Homo sapiens has always impinged on the delicate cycle of the biosphere and the geosphere. What has changed so fundamentally and radically in the last 60 years is the incredible speed and enormous extent of this intervention. We are creating a new planet that is hotter, species-poorer and more hostile and we are both the perpetrators and the victims.

The exhibition Planet of Man wants to cast light on this epoch-making upheaval. It deals with questions such as: What are the cultural implications of losing nature as an unspoiled entity? Why is it often impossible for us to establish a bond between knowledge and action? How are we going to live in a world that has changed so irreversibly? What options do we have? Eight artists have addressed various aspects of these issues.

Artists: Betty Beier, Adriane Colburn, Helga Griffiths, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Christian Mings, Jürgen Nefzger, Vadim Fishkin, Massimo Pianese

Scientists: Eckart Ehlers, Ralf Fücks, Gerd Wessolek

Catalogue

Planet Mensch - Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, EUR 2,00
Order via Catalogues

Vadim Fishkin - Don Quixote Pact
Vadim Fishkin, Don Quixote Pact, 2010/12, © Vadim Fishkin, Courtesy Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin/Ljubljana, Foto: Christoph Knoch
Massimo Pianese - MAP_09
Massimo Pianese, MAP_09, 2009, Videostill, © Massimo Pianese

Lectures

Saturday, 14 September 2013, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Eckart Ehlers, Geographer, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
From Planet Earth to Planet of Man – Science at the Outset of the Anthropocene

Adriane Colburn talks about her fracking project followed by discussion with her and Prof. Dr. Eckart Ehlers.
Moderation: Patrick Illinger, Science Editor-in-chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Saturday, 28 September 2013, 5 pm

Prof. Dr. Gerd Wessolek, Berlin University of Technology, Departement of Ecology, Soil Protection Group
The Discovery of the Unseen. Soil in the Anthropocene

Betty Beier talks about her project Kivalina (Arctic Inuit island) followed by a discussion.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 7 pm

Ralf Fücks, Board of Directors of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, former National Chairman of the Green Party and author
Intelligent Growth – from ruthless exploitation to cooperating with nature. Producing and consuming in the Anthropocene

Saturday, 21 September and 19 October 2013, 3 pm

I want you to listen very, very carefully
A city soundwalk with Christian Mings.

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