Ever since the industrial age began, humankind has inscribed itself deeper than any other natural force into the layers of the earth. This is accompanied by inconceivable changes. Carbon and sea levels are rising, biodiversity and resources are shrinking. Technologies are spreading, just like the fear of climate collapse. Questions about the future relationship between humans and the environment are growing ever more urgent.
How the future of our planet can be grasped is a central theme at HKW. The keyword is “Anthropocene,” the age of humankind. Cultural Education investigates this age with a view to global-effect mechanisms; whether in migration narratives or the proportion of virtual water in, say, a beef steak. Cultural Education is trying to make this era more accessible in its projects.
In the process, our conventional understanding of humankind and the environment is challenged and our view of the world shifts – in a good way.
It’s an invitation to a correspondence with the “Dear Future ....” Whether in Schools of Tomorrow, Cultures d’Avenir or other projects with schools and universities, it’s about designs for future learning or what we need to know for the future, what we can design for the future while learning. It negotiates somewhere between humans, animals, technology, exhaust gases and plants, not to mention the Gulf Stream and viruses. In search of new ways of seeing, understanding and communicating. Is our vocabulary still sufficient for this?