The Anthropocene, the era in which the human was the center of all being or at least as such felt, is coming to an end. The climate crisis and the pandemic are impressive proof that the human is one living being among many. And activists, artists and social scientists work continuously on solutions for more environmental and resource protection as well as on climate and distributive justice within the han community and also towards non-human actors and entities.
Despite inspiring theoretical approaches (e.g. by Harraway, Latour, Kohn, and many others) and technological and agro-ecological innovations, the necessary political and eco-social processes are still happening far too slowly (compare, for example, the current statistics on species extinction, on the decline in biodiversity and the procrastination of the Paris Climate Goals).
Nevertheless, a number of small successes (changed consumer behavior, legal protection for non-human beings, numerous activist projects, international efforts to protect the climate, etc.) give reason for hope. Our working hypothesis is that the sum of these partial successes grows out of the dissemination of abstract knowledge in all parts of society and that art can play a key role here.
Phase 1: Fragments and Frictions
The projects first phase's research question was: How can art (with a focus on the performing arts) make existing knowledge about socio-ecological necessary transformation processes tangible both intellectually and emotionally and also translate it into its own structures?
The means and methods used were: literature research and performance analyzes, artistic responses, scenic experiments, interviews and discussions with experts and artists, photo documentation and ethnography.
The outcome of this phase was a broad collection of insides, ideas, scenic materials and texts that in a further step will be processed by the Berlin based theatre group Theater.Macht.Staat. The research also influenced the group's theatre music duo Kinbom & Kessner with their third studio album "Anthropos". Watch a preview here: