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Virtual Opening and Streaming Festival: Critical Zones

Observatories for Earthly Politics

Fri, May 22, 2020 6:00 pm – Sun, May 24, 2020 11:30 pm CEST

© Frédérique Aït-Touati, Alexandra Arènes, Axelle Grégoire, ZKM | Karlsruhe

The exhibition »Critical Zones – Observatories for Earthly Politics« is about the critical situation of the Earth. Due to the Coronavirus it is also taking place at a critical time. A new Earth policy also requires a new exhibition policy: We are broadcasting!

The growing exhibition at the ZKM will be combined with a digital exhibition that will also grow steadily. The museum will become a »home museum« with a virtual accompanying program.

On May 22, 2020, from 6 pm CEST, the exhibition will open with a Streaming Festival lasting several days, which will span the weekend of May 22–24, 2020. The program will consist of streamed guided tours through the virtual spaces as well as through the real, but not publicly accessible exhibition, and will include interviews and lectures.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in virtual space on all channels when we open our exhibition together and celebrate, think, speak, and listen jointly for a whole weekend, until May 24, 2020.

We cordially invite you to the virtual exhibition opening and the streaming festival!

Please note: The event will take place in German and English.

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The entire streaming festival will be accompanied by the app Telegram. Follow the contributions via the ZKM channel or join our Telegram Critical Zones group. We welcome questions and feedback:

Please click here to download the instructions for Telegram.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Time Zone: CEST

6.00 pm                            

Welcome and Introduction to the Program (Eng. and Ger.)

6.15 pm

Introduction to »Critical Zones« (Eng. and Ger.)
Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel

6.35 pm

Guided Tour through »Critical Zones« at the ZKM (Eng. and Ger.)

Alexandra Arènes (architect researcher), Soheil Hajmirbaba (architect) and Marie-Claire Pierret (geochemist) and the curators of the exhibition

7.45 pm

»Critical Zones« Panel Discussion – Part 1 (Eng. and Ger.)
Jan Zalasiewicz (field geologist, paleontologist), Jennifer Gabrys (media-, culture- and environmental sociologist) and Eyal Weizman (architect)

8.50 pm

Opening of the Virtual Exhibition Platform (Eng. and Ger.)
Bettina Korintenberg (curator, ZKM) and Barbara Kiolbassa (art mediator, ZKM)

9.10 pm

»Critical Zones« Panel Discussion – Part 2 (Eng. and Ger.)

Tim Lenton (climate change and earth system scientist), Sébastien Dutreuil (philosopher of science) and Simon Schaffer (historian of science)

10.30 pm

Open Bar – Get Together (Eng. and Ger.)

Questions, talks and discussion


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Time Zone: CEST

2.00 pm

English Workshop: Compass for the Here and Then

Please note: The event will not be shown in the livestream, it will take place with registered participants on Zoom.

4.00 pm                        

Welcome and Introduction to the Program (Eng. and Ger.)

4.10 pm

Guided Tour through the Virtual Exhibition (Ger.)
Daria Mille (curator, ZKM) and Dominika Szope (head of communications, ZKM)

4.30 pm

Walk across the ZKM Orchard (Ger.)
Barbara Kiolbassa (art mediator, ZKM) and Nele Kemper (biologist)

5.05 pm

Lecture »Earth Tidings / Erdkunde« (Eng.)
Joseph Leo Koerner (art historian, filmmaker)

5.40 pm

Lecture Performance (Eng. and Ger.)

Ali Gharib (artist)

6.00 pm

Lecture »Down to Earth – Anthropocene Lecture« (Eng. and Ger.)

Bruno Latour

6.45 pm

»Critical Zones« Panel Discussion – Part 3 (Eng. and Ger.)

Karen Holmberg (archeologist, environmental scientist) and Jérôme Gaillardet (geochemist)

7.50 pm

Guided Tour through the Virtual Exhibition (Eng. and Ger.)
Martin Guinard (co-curator)

8.10 pm

»Critical Zones« Panel Discussion – Part 4 (Eng. and Ger.)

Dipesh Chakrabarty (historian), Emanuele Coccia (philosopher) and Vinciane Despret (philosopher of science, ethologist)

9.30 pm

Open Bar (Ger.)

Open meeting with local initiatives from Karlsruhe

10.15 pm

Screening: Theater Play »Moving Earths« (Eng. and Ger.)

Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati (historian of literature and modern science, theater director)


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Time Zone: CEST

2.00 pm            

English Workshop: Compass for the Here and Then

Please note: The event will not be shown in the livestream, it will take place with registered participants on Zoom.

4.00 pm                  

German Workshop: Compass for the Here and Then

Please note: The event will not be shown in the livestream, it will take place with registered participants on Zoom.

6.00 pm       

Welcome and Introduction to the Program (Eng. and Ger.)

6.15 pm

Film »Storytelling for Earthly Survival« (Eng.)

a film about Donna Haraway by director Fabrizio Terranova

7.40 pm

Discussion on the Film (Eng. and Ger.)
Donna Haraway (biologist, philosopher, feminist), Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel

8.50 pm

Ceremonial End of the Streaming Festival (Eng. and Ger.)
Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour

9.15 pm

Impulse: »Lynn Margulis: Life, Symbiosis, and Gaia« (Eng. and Ger.)

Bruce Clarke (scholar of literature and science)

9.30 pm

Introduction »Symbiotic Earth« (Eng. and Ger.)

John Feldman (filmmaker)

9.40 pm

Film »Symbiotic Earth« (Eng. and Ger.)
on the life and work of evolutionary theorist and biologist Lynn Margulis by film director John Feldman

0.10 pm

Impulse »Dark Energy and the Future of the Universe« (Eng. and Ger.)

Adam G. Riess (astrophysicist and Nobel Prize laureate)

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The opening of the exhibition in the physical space is subject to the further course of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be communicated on short notice via the ZKM website.


Dominika Szope, Barbara Kiolbassa, Anett Holzheid, Peter Weibel

Production Lead
Desiree Weiler

Technical Project Management and Direction
Moritz Büchner

Philipp Kaminski

Image Mixing
Andy Koch

Christina Zartmann, Xenia Leidig, Jonas Denzel

Peter Müller, Clara Runge, Tobias Klingenmayer

Video Clip Production, Lead
Christina Zartmann

Andy Koch, Xenia Leidig, Peter Müller, Christina Zartmann

Drone Shots
Moritz Büchner

Editorial Team
Lena Becker, Adamantia Goulandris, Friederike Hommel, Sabine Jäger, Alexa Knapp, Adrian Koop, jointly with Bettina Korintenberg (Curator), Daria Mille (Curatorial Advisory Board Member), Jessica Menger (Curatorial Assistance) and Luzia Marek (Curator)

BadenDolmetscher (Sonja Willner, Inga Schifferdecker; Interpreting Technology: Sebastian Simme)

Viola Gaiser, Desiree Weiler, Wolfgang Knapp, Manuel Weber

Museum Technicians
Marco Preitschopf, Marc Schütze

Building Technology
Manfred Hahn, Peter Kuhn

Uwe Faber, Volker Sommerfeld, Joachim Schütze

Banu Beyer, Regine Frisch, Ayten Kurt with Mint Karlsruhe (Katja Bockmüller, Andreas Sachsse) 

Paula Kropp

Felix Grünschloss, Elias Siebert

»Moving Earths«
Andreas Brehmer

Organizing Organization / Institution

ZKM | Center for Art and Media


Hydrogeochemical Environmental Observatory: Strengbach water catchment area, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe State Academy of Art and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe State Museum of Natural History, TBA21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy

In exchange with local initiatives and committed citizens from Karlsruhe, among others:

BüroSchwarzeErde, Coaching Community, Extinction Rebellion Karlsruhe, Greenpeace Karlsruhe, Klimakollektiv Karlsruhe, NABU Naturschutzbund, Naturschutzzentrum Karlsruhe-Rappenwörth, OK Lab Karlsruhe, parents 4 future Karlsruhe, scientists 4 future Karlsruhe, artists 4 future Karlsruhe

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  • Sponsored by

  • ZKM Partner and Project Partner

  • With the kind support of the Fonds PERSPEKTIVE for contemporary art & architecture of the Bureau des arts plastiques des Institut français, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe-Institut.

  • Cooperation partners

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