Anthropocene Curriculum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Bound with Beautiful Things, Deep Time Chicago

Between 2013-2022 the Anthropocene Curriculum was developed by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW, Berlin) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG, Berlin), in collaboration with many partners worldwide. I had the pleasure of attending two iterations in Berlin in 2017 and New Orleans in 2020.

You’ll find a number of texts produced for the 2017 occasion here. Images here feature a pamphlet designed and produced by Deep Time Chicago and edited by Brian Holmes.

“Departing from Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables written in Sanskrit, in this micro-publication artist, writer, and publisher Caroline Picard, considers the problem of anthropocentrism. Picard blends the animal fables with commentary and drawings in order to tackle what she sees as a ‘basic flaw in our species’ conception of diplomacy’ that neglects ‘the independent politics of surrounding creatures in favor of its own exceptionalism.'” Part of the Deep Time Chicago pamphlet series, the whole essay can be read for free here.