Originally coined by the natural sciences, the concept of the Anthropocene is rapidly gaining traction in the humanities and social sciences. It has unleashed an array of debates as well as critical disciplinary self-reflection in many academic fields. The Anthropocene calls for new forms of dialogue across disciplinary and epistemological boundaries. Exposing the inadequacy of certain traditional disciplinary distinctions, the Anthropocene has also forged unprecedented forms of cooperation and alliances between the disciplines. But what should be the basis of this new dialogue?
Katrin Hornek will take her interdisciplinary research project “The Anthropocene Surge — evolution, expansion and depth of Vienna's urban environment“ as a starting point for her material thinking within the workshop. This WWTF funded project is based at the department of Site-Specific Art and the University of Vienna and maps the spatial and temporal development of Vienna’s Anthropocene as a three-dimensional body. The research team — consisting of Michael Wagreich, a member of the Anthropocene Working Group and professor at the department of geodynamics and sedimentology, the archaeologist and geoinformatician Kira Lappé, the geologist Maria Meszar and the artist Katrin Hornek — is trying to visualize the mass, composition, weight, sprawl and accumulation rates of anthropogenic deposits from the Romans to the present day.
Starting a collective thinking process while forming excavated ground originating form the U2 metro line construction-site at Karlsplatz from 1969, points of contact between divergent techno-organic alliances, human and non-human domains and various academic and non-academic disciplines are analyzed in order to trace potential correlations and proliferating networks they may have formed.
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