The Anthropocene Project. A Report / A Matter Theater / Grain Vapor Ray

Finally we present our annual report of activities for 2014.

Throughout the last month we worked on 2 commissioned works for the Anthropocene Project which takes place at the HKW Berlin. The commissioned works are included in a publication as well as spatial setting at the auditorium of the HKW. Both can be viewed between October 16-18.

The Publication:


Below some spreads of the contribution:





Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray engages with earthly conditions and human imagination in a discursive, trans-historical experiment. Departing from a corpus of historical documents spanning several centuries, scholars, theorists, scientists, and artists have been asked to grapple with the constantly shifting qualities of the particular, fleeting, and energetic, presenting new positions on the textures and forms that knowledge takes on within the Anthropocene.

With contributions by 
Elmar Altvater, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Jane Bennett, Josh Berson, Akeel Bilgrami, Torsten Blume, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Dietmar Dath, Kodwo Eshun, Natasha Ginwala, Goldin+Senneby, Armin Haas, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Stefan Helmreich, Erich Hörl, Tim Ingold, Friedrich Kittler, Adrian Lahoud, John Law, Flora Lysen, Margarida Mendes, Gloria Meynen, Molly Nesbit, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Jürgen Renn, Dorion Sagan, Bernd M. Scherer, Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk, Sverker Sörlin, Benjamin Steininger, STRATAGRIDS, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Paulo Tavares, John Tresch, Etienne Turpin, Christina Vagt, Bettina Vismann, Cecelia Watson, Allen S. Weiss, Jan Zalasiewicz.

Published by Katrin Klingan, Ashkan Sepahvand, Christoph Rosol and Bernd M. Scherer.


Further we will show the spatial work:

Measuring Infinity: A Test Arrangement

at the Auditorium of the HKW as part of A Matter Theater.

How to measure the immeasurable? According to most physicists, our universe consists of 95 percent dark matter and energy, phenomena that cannot be observed, only indirectly traced and described. This paradox serves as a point of departure for a performative inquiry involving a careful staging of tools and techniques for measurement: a sonic diagram, a computer simulation, a video animation. A point of gathering for thinkers and viewers alike, akin to an infinite bonfire in the darkness of space.

Fri, Oct 17, 3 pm — 10 pm
Admission: 5€/3€


This work will later also be available in the form of a publication which can be attained for a small amount over at AKV Berlin Publishing.


Further Info can be found at the HKW homepage.