“The planned exhibition Critical Zones about the critical state of the Earth coincides with a crisis period for humankind because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new Earthly politics also demands new policies for exhibitions.
Thus the physical Critical Zones exhibition currently taking shape on site at the ZKM will be connected to a digital exhibition and to a nonlocal event field in real and virtual space. Starting on May 22, 2020, the exhibition opens with a Streaming Festival lasting several days — the program will consist of streamed tours of the real exhibition and the virtual space, as well as interviews and talks. The ZKM will be a platform for a decentralized, nonlocal event field: it will come to the homes of the audience and as a ‘home museum’ will offer a virtual accompanying program with a wide variety of features. All existing channels — offline and online, real and virtual, analog and digital — will be connected in a novel way to transform an exhibition into a broadcasting program. In this multidimensional, multichannel communication between transmitter and receiver, the aim is to turn receivers into active transmitters. The exhibition will become an echo chamber, a resonating space of symbiotic forms of communication — a response to the symbiotic planet. The recognition that life on planet Earth arises and endures through the symbiosis of all lifeforms also demands new modes of communication between human beings.” — ZKM | Center for Art and Media
“We must face up to what is literally a problem of dimension, scale, and lodging: the planet is much too narrow and limited for the globe of globalization; at the same time, it is too big, infinitely too large, too active, too complex, to remain within narrow and limited borders of locality whatsoever.” — Bruno Latour
Critical Zones curatorial committee: Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel with Martin Guinard-Terrin and Bettina Korintenberg.
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