Anthropocene in Museums Workshop

Workshop: The Anthropocene in Museums: Reflections, Projections and Imaginings

Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

The Anthropocene is an idea now challenging and inspiring museums of many different kinds and in many parts of the world. This invitational workshop focused on how museum scholars, curators and other practitioners have responded to this concept with new experiments in collecting, exhibiting and programming. It explored what the community of museums engaged with contemporary cultural and environmental issues has learned to date about working with and in the Anthropocene, and asked how these experiences might inform future projects. 

Presentations and discussion explored the Deutsches Museum’s Welcome to the Anthropocene exhibition, focusing particularly on how audiences have responded to this ground-breaking gallery. This project was drawn into conversation with other current and emerging projects, including the Deutsches Museum’s forthcoming Energy Transitions exhibition, the National Museum of Australia’s Australia in the Age of Humans project and the American Museum of Natural History’s work with Pacific museums responding to climate change.

For more information about this event please visit the Museums and Climate Change Network Blog

For the full workshop guide please refer to:

The Anthropocene in Museums Workshop program

 

Convenors

Please direct enquiries to one of the convenors:

Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia, kirsten.wehner@nma.gov.au

Libby Robin, Australian National University, libby.robin@anu.edu.au

Jenny Newell, American Museum of Natural History, jnewell@amnh.org 

Helmuth Trischler, Rachel Carson Center / Deutsches Museum, h.trischler@deutsches-museum.de 

This workshop was sponsored by the Deutsches Museum, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society ( www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de ) and the Museums and Climate Change Network ( http://goo.gl/SzcXje ).