Preparing for ‘the world as forest’ So happy to be able to go through Dr Herbert Weidner’s collection here in the Zoologisches Museum of Hamburg. Weidner spent his life with insects, in particular insects that have set out to destroy us and everything we own. Thank you Anna-Sophia Springer and Etienne Turpin for inviting me for this amazing exhibition cycle which begins this October in Hamburgs natural history museum, then Berlin and Salle last! - The exhibition cycle 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 combines contemporary works of art, site-based field research, archival materials, and natural history collections to consider the history and legacy of European colonial science in the tropical rainforests of South America and Southeast Asia. The project aims to foster a deep public awareness about the role these forests play in maintaining a habitable climate for the entire planet, and to develop durable cultural literacies to discuss and respond to ecological crises. Using a transdisciplinary curatorial strategy committed to provocative encounters and epistemic promiscuities, Verschwindende Vermächtnisse will demonstrate the potential of contemporary art as a cultural lens through which a plurality of perspectives on colonial-scientific history and environmental violence can reorient visitors’ comportment to global environmental issues.
Artistic directors: Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin