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The Damaged Planet – Antje Boetius und Frank M. Raddatz: Theater des Anthropozän


A series of events by the Academy of Media Arts, starting in the winter semester of 2021/22.

Mittwoch, 27. Oktober, 2021, 19 Uhr, Aula
Filzengraben 2
50676 Köln

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3G rules (proof of full vaccination, recovery or a negative test) apply.

Antje Boetius und Frank M. Raddatz – Theater des Anthropozän

In 2019, the polar researcher Antje Boetius and the dramatist Frank Raddatz founded the Theater des Anthropozän within the context of the Humboldt University of Berlin. The collaboration between natural sciences and art sets up an ecological stage that enables knowledge to be experienced aesthetically and raises awareness of the fragility of the planet’s habitats. The Anthropocene period is characterised by a growing ecological threat. First human and natural histories intersect. Devastating developments such as global warming, the massive loss of  biodiversity, the melting of the polar ice caps, caused by the human technosphere, are significant.

While Antje Boetius analyses these developments from an earth scientist’s point of view, Frank Raddatz talks about historical philosophical and aesthetic consequences of the Anthropocene paradigm. There will be sufficient time for an in-depth discussion afterwards.

The marine biologist Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is the director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, head of the Joint Research Group on Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology (AWI, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen and MARUM Bremen) and professor at the University of Bremen. Antje Boetius is also an expert on science and culture in the Anthropocene and works with artists, authors and journalists on questions of social transformation and its traces in art and culture. She founded the project Theater des Anthropozän under the aegis of Humboldt University of Berlin.

Frank M. Raddatz has worked as a dramatist at numerous theatres, most recently with Frank Castorf at Berliner Ensemble: Galileo Galilei – The Theatre and the Plague. It was in this context that he met the marine biologist and director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Antje Boetius, with whom he founded Theater des Anthropozän under the aegis of the Humboldt University of Berlin. Numerous publications with and on Heiner Müller, on the aesthetics, politics and literature of the theatre. Several years as chief editor of Theater der Zeit. Most recently published: Ed.: Heiner Müller, Der amerikanische Leviathan, Suhrkamp, 2020; Das Drama des Anthropozän, Theater der Zeit, 2021.

The KHM’s series of events begins with the earth system researcher and marine biologist Antje Boetius and the dramatist Frank M. Raddatz, on their collective project Theater des Anthropozän (Theatre of the Anthropocene). Uriel Orlow’s research-based and multidisciplinary praxis sees plants as political actors and deals with the ghosts of colonialism. Aneta Rostkowska, the director of the Temporary Gallery in Cologne, talks about her curatorial praxis, in which the emancipatory potential of plants plays a special role, and the nature guide and woodland educator Michael Zobel leads us on an excursion through Hambacher Wald.

Organisers: Pascal Dreier, Beate Gütschow, Thomas Hawranke, Ute Hörner, Fatima Kastner, Isabell Lorey and Kathrin Röggla.

Editor — Juliane Kuhn
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