Welcome to the Anthropocene. In this new era, people and nature are inextricably intertwined. Climate change, rising sea levels, and decreasing biodiversity are phenomena that affect us and to which we must learn to relate. The Anthropocene requires new forms of perception, representation, language, legislation, and actions that fit this new ecological reality. How can we live together more inclusively with the North Sea? What should our institutions look like?
Swimming in the Anthropocene is a collaboration within CHAPTER 2WO: Nicolás Year and the the Shock Forest Group. Jaar's work revolves around a quote from Anna Tsing:* These livelihoods make the world too - and they show us how to look around rather than ahead*.
The Embassy of the North Sea shares this ecological view and explores with its program and exhibition the interwoven reality of the Anthropocene. Swimming in the Anthropocene is an episode in the shared research into new instruments that allow us to cultivate sensitivity for the voices of things, plants, microbes and animals.
In a programme of art, scent, sound, conversation and ritual, we share our research into sea emancipation at Het HEM in Zaandam. We use imagination to look for new forms of living together with non-humans such as cod, sandbanks, and plankton. Come, learn, listen, play and search while swimming in the Anthropocene.
15.00 Welcome by Amsterdam city poet Gershwin Bonevacia, and writer / philosopher Eva Meijer.
15.30 Visit the exhibition with colours, smells and sounds from the Anthropocene.
- Visit the Open North Sea desks and meet experts and representatives of the Embassy of the North Sea to learn all about a variety of other topics, from maritime rights to political animals, from contemporary North Sea scents to new institutions, and from concerns about eel to new connections with nature.
- Programme for children (6-12 years).
17:00 Wordly presentation by lawyer Laura Burgers and closing remarks by Embassy of the North Sea founder Thijs Middeldorp with a preview of the 2020 annual programme.
The Swimming in the Anthropocene programme is freely accessible upon presentation of an entrance ticket to Chapter 2WO. Buy your entrance ticket for this programme + entrance to Chapter 2WO here.
Contributions by: Arita Baaijens, Frank Bloem, Gershwin Bonevacia, Laura Elisabeth Burgers, Jesper Buursinkk, Axel Coumans, Maarten Erich, Harpo ’t Hart, Erik de Jong, Theun Karelse, Valerie van Leersum, Anne van Leeuwen, Eva Meijer, Thijs Middeldorp, Daphina Misiedjan, Carmen Schabracq, Jelle Troelstra and Stef Veldhuis.
More information on the event via Ambassade van de Noordzee.