Centrum für Naturkunde
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the so-called “Darwin-Wallace paper,” the exhibition cycle Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest] addresses the role of natural history collections in the context of climate justice in the Anthropocene; the exhibition aims to cultivate a deeper acknowledgement of the complex cultural entanglements which mediate human experiences of environmental change.
Verschwindende Vermächtnisse will first open in the fall of 2017 at the Zoological Museum of the Centrum für Naturkunde, University of Hamburg, before adapted versions will travel to venues in Berlin and Halle. The project has the aim of realizing the multiplicative potential of art, media, and natural history which, when provocatively exhibited together, solicit transformative engagements with this fragile planet and its perilous forests. Verschwindende Vermächtnisse follows the methodology of the exhibition 125,660 Specimens of Natural History (Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, 2015), focusing however on both of Alfred Russel Wallace’s tropical expeditions—a first on to Amazonia and a second one to the Malay Archipelago. It combines newly commissioned contemporary works of art, site-based field research, archival materials, and natural history specimens to enable visitors to honestly encounter the legacies of European colonialism in the tropics and to gain an appreciation for heterogeneous and epistemically-diverse stewardship communities in Asia and South America. Artists’ list to be announced in March 2017.
Artistic directors: Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin
Scientific advisors: Matthias Glaubrecht, Felix Sattler, Frank Steinheimer
The project is realized in partnership with the Schering Stiftung and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
More info on the project website ReassemblingNature.org
[Photo by Radjawali Irendra]