"Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald", Grafik: Wolfgang Hückel für Reassembling the Natural
"Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald", Grafik: Wolfgang Hückel für Reassembling the Natural
Graphics: Wolfgang Hückel for „Reassembling the Natural“
Tieranatomisches Theater
Philippstr. 12/13, Campus Nord, Haus 3, 10115 B...

How On Earth?

Discursive programme accompanying the exhibition Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest (April 27 – August 26, 2018)

Many inherited images of nature are no longer adequate considering a reality of species mass extinction, anthropogenic climate change, and deforestation. Have current forms of land use transformation, ecological disturbance, and species extermination created a new, troubled natural history? The discursive programme How On Earth? addresses this and other questions in the context of nature, colonialism, and ecological care in the Anthropocene through a series of discussions, guided tours, lectures, and screenings.

The exhibition and research project Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest aims to realize 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.

Practicing Inhabitation
28.4.2018, 3–4 pm
Curators’ tours [German/English]
4–7 pm
Artists’ talks by Barbara Marcel, Crystelle Vũ, and others; followed by lectures by Shannon Mattern (New School) and Birgit Schneider (Potsdam University) [English]

Imaging & imagining nature
9.6.2018 | During the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften:*
7 pm
Curators’ tours [German/English] and artists’ talk by Maria Thereza Alves [English]
8 pm
Artists’ talk by Bik Van der Pol [English]
11 pm
Exhibition guided tour [German]

Consuming a planet
26.6.2018, 8 pm
Lectures by researcher Seth Denizen, Max Haiven (Lakehead University), and Shela Sheikh (Goldsmiths) [English]; followed by a screening of Europium, 2014 [English with German subtitles] and a panel discussion with the artist /director Lisa Rave [English]

Becoming extinct
03.7.2018, 7.30 pm
Provisioning Crows: Ecologies of Hope in the Mariana Islands, lecture by environmental philosopher Thom van Dooren (UNSW); followed by a screening of Point of No Return, 2015 [English with German subtitles] and a panel discussion with the artist/director Antje Engelmann [English]

From pulp and paper
24.08.2018, 7.30 pm
Publication talks with Dubravka Sekulic, Milica Tomic (GAM, TU Graz) and others [English]

Thinking with the earth
25.8.2018 During the Lange Nacht der Museen*:
7.30 pm
Lectures by Hannah Meszaros-Martin and Kenny Cupers (Basel University)
9 pm
Screening of Thinking Like A Mountain, 2018 [German with English subtitles] followed by a Q & A with the director Alexander Hick and a closing panel with all guests and exhibition curators [English]
6–11 pm
Exhibition guided tours [German/English]

Admission free

*For events taking place during the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (June 9, 5 - 12 pm) and the Lange Nacht der Museen (August 25, 6 pm - 2 am), a valid ticket for the Long Night is required.

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Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest is a three-part project by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin. The travelling exhibition is realized by Centrum für Naturkunde at the Universität Hamburg, where it was on in the fall of 2017. In 2018, adapted iterations are presented from April 27 until August 26, 2018 at the project partner, Tieranatomisches Theater at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and from October 19 until December 14, 2018 at the Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Halle/Saale. The exhibition cycle is a cooperation with the Schering Stiftung and the Goethe Institut. The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Gefördert durch

Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Kulturstiftung des Bundes


Goethe-Institut Singapur

Schering Stiftung

Schering Stiftung

Centrum für Naturkunde

Centrum für Naturkunde

Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg