Anthropocene Curriculum

Understanding and shaping the complex transformation processes of the Anthropocene requires a collaborative and radically transdisciplinary practice of knowledge production and transmission. New modes and methods of collaboration between science, art and civic engagement need to be explored and implemented.

In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and other partners worldwide, HKW has been continuously developing an Anthropocene Curriculum, a steadily growing corpus of experimental research questions and designs, field studies, educational and participatory formats.

The curriculum was first tested at HKW in the multi-day campus events Anthropocene Campus (2014) and Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue (2016). Subsequently, the campus format has been adopted and developed by a multitude of international project partners, each of which has set its own priorities.

Between 2018 and 2019, the project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River explored the Mississippi River as a landscape particularly poised for the studying of the Anthropocene. In October 2020, The Shape of a Practice set out to explore local approaches to the planetary transformation processes of the Anthropocene through concrete practices.

Throughout the year 2022, a multilayered project will decipher the material evidence that already indicates the Anthropocene in the Earth's archives. In collaboration with the Anthropocene Working Group, a series of events, workshops, installations and publications will explore this evidence as waymarks for the new planetary realities.

The central component of all Anthropocene Curriculum activities is the research platform anthropocene-curriculum.org, where a growing international network continuously develops, discusses and documents its research projects. Unfolding monthly since fall 2021, a new editorial format, the AC Courses, offer curated pathways by invited teachers and learners, theorists and practitioners through existing material as well as newly commissioned research. With their collectively produced, multi-pathway approach, the AC Courses propose and explore modes of learning in the Anthropocene that are shaped by and respond to its ongoing transformations.