23.05.2020.–09.01.2022, ZKM Atrium 1+2
CRITICAL ZONES. Observatories for Earthly Politics Virtual Opening Friday, May 22, 2020, 6pm
An exhibition by ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Peter Weibel, Bettina Korintenberg, Daria Mille) in cooperation with French philosopher Bruno Latour and Martin Guinard-Terrin.
For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness.
The exhibition project »CRITICAL ZONES« invites visitors to the ZKM | Center for Art and Media to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.
As a research and exhibition project »CRITICAL ZONES« explores the urgency of bringing together skills, knowledge, disciplines and cultures to jointly create a cartography of the multitude of Earths. Over a period of five months, the exhibition simulates on a small scale the model of a new spatiality of the Earth and the diversity of relations between the life forms inhabiting it. The exhibition creates a landscape that makes the public understand the characteristics of the so-called »New Climatic Regime«, a term coined by Bruno Latour to describe the global situation affecting all living things. Not being limited to ecological crises, the term also includes questions of politics and cultural history as well as ethical and epistemological changes of perspective. As an observatory of »Critical Zones«, the exhibition aims to steer a debate towards new Earthly Politics. This special combination of thought experiment and exhibition was developed by Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour in their previous collaborations at ZKM. »Iconoclash« in 2002, »Making Things Public« in 2005, and »Reset Modernity!« in 2016 constitute the three former »thought exhibitions« (Gedankenausstellungen) that resulted from their intensive working relationship which now spans twenty years. »CRITICAL ZONES« is characterized by an extensive collaboration of artists, designers, scientists and activists. Art, with all its imaginative, speculative and aesthetic power, takes up the important challenge of developing new forms of representation and options for action in an overall situation that has not yet been clarified. Many of the artists working on this project originate from non-Western countries, broadening the view of European ways of thinking, which we have learned to describe as global modernity.
Ciné-Cipó – Cine-Liana: ATTO – Amazon Tall Tower Observatory. 2020, Multichannel video installation, aprox. 140 min.
Commissioned for the exhibition, the Ciné-Cipó (Cine Liana) project at the Tall Tower of the Amazon addresses different perspectives and knowledge systems that challenge the veracity of universal assumptions about science and society and multiply the modes of engaging, understanding, and living within the Critical Zone. The ATTO, or Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, is an international scientific project studying the complex interactions between the forest, soils, and the atmosphere in order to understand the role of the Amazon basin within the Earth system. In her video work Barbara Marcel observes the daily life of the ATTO observatory’s scientists and two local women activists as they collaborate to produce a radio piece that communicates different forms of knowledge, visions, but also threats concerning the Amazon.
With the collaboration of Natalina do Carmo Oliveira, Milena Raquel Tupinambá. Produced in collaboration with ZKM | Karlsruhe, Serrapilheira Institute, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena and with the support of INPA-National Institute of Amazonian Research and Goethe-Institut São Paulo.
In addition to the on-site exhibition in Karlsruhe, the videos from the project were partly made available in the online exhibition, designed on account of the pandemic. Click here to see the project on the online exhibition: https://critical-zones.zkm.de/#!/detail:cine-cipo-cine-liana-atto-amazon-tall-tower-observatory