Art and the Anthropocene: A Talk by Claus Leggewie


Deutsches Haus

Date and Time: Thursday, December 5 @ 6pm to 8pm

Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU @ 42 Washington Mews, New York NY 10003

About the event: Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a talk by Professor Claus Leggewie (University of Giessen) on "Art and the Anthropocene," in which he will discuss the changes brought on by the new geological age of the Anthropocene and its impact on culture and the arts.

Scientists argue that earth history has entered the Anthropocene, a geological age in which mankind deeply affects the earth system without governing it and controlling it any longer. As the nature/culture divide and the hierarchy of species are gone, the Anthropocene is the “global condition of being born into a world that no longer exists” (Bill McKibben). With the end of the world as we knew it, what will be the role of the arts? Contemplating the beauty of disaster, experimenting in the interstice between science and culture, mobilizing protest, sensitizing for a radical cultural change? Claus Leggewie, Ludwig Boerne Proifessor at the University in Giessen and for eight years member of the Global Chance Council of the German Federal government, will introduce into a fascinating debate and present exemplary positions of contemporary artists.

This event is free and open to the public. Check out the registration details HERE.