Man influences the earth on an unprecedented scale. Nature is no longer influencing us, we are influencing/shaping nature and in this way are interfering in a substantial way with the global system. Within the span of one life, the face of the earth has changed dramatically. Planet Earth has become Planet Man.
Even in remote regions the traces of human actions can be found. We have become a geophysical force, comparable to the great natural forces. A growing number of scientists speak of this new era as: the Anthropocene (from the Greek: anthropos for man), which is succeeding the Holocene era that began with the end of the last ice age about 11.000 years ago. Homo sapiens sapiens have always affected the sensitive cycle of biosphere and geosphere, but in the last 60 years the enormous speed and the extent of the interventions have changed. Because of this we are creating a new planet, which is hotter, has fewer species and is more hostile to life. We are both the originator and sufferer of this development.
The exhibition “Planet Man” seeks to illuminate this epochal change. Here we are addressing questions like: What does it mean culturally to lose nature as an untouched partner? Why are we unable to reconcile knowledge and action? How shall we live in a world, which has changed irreversibly? What potential do we have? Eight artists have presented different viewpoints on this theme.
September 11 – December 14 2013
Platform for dialogue between science and art
80801 Munich, Germany