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The Shape of a Practice

Press release


The Shape of a Practice – Negotiating Context in the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is often perceived as either a planetary-scale concept or an extremely local concern. Yet neither of these accounts considers that the global and the local are deeply interconnected. So how can diverse local research, struggles and practices be related to one another in order to establish a mutual ground of experience and for action within the geological age of humans?

Over the course of a week, The Shape of a Practice brings together over 100 researchers, scientists, artists and activists to share their fields and methods of work on everything from water pollution and disaster management to an interrogation of the new geological era’s colonial histories. In an interactive virtual environment, specifically designed for the event, as well as on-site at HKW, distinct questions, strategies and forms of action will be linked to form a topology of the Anthropocene.

The installation The Current brings together explorations of Anthropocenic interrelations in the Mississippi region.