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Critical Zones © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Travelling Exhibition
Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness. The exhibition project Critical Zones invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

The Exhibition Tour

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Dates: 10 Nov. - 27 Nov. 2022

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Dates: 18 Nov. - 18 Dec. 2022

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Dates: Opening February 16th, 2023
On view till: April 2nd, 2023

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New Delhi

Touring in 2024

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Touring in 2024

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Participating Artists

Additional Artist Contributions


Peter Weibel © Christof Hierholzer

Peter Weibel

Peter Weibel (*1944) is the Chairman and CEO of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, director of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures and professor emeritus of media theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Bruno Latour © Fidelis Fuchs

Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour (1947 – 2022) was a professor at Sciences Po Paris and director of the TARDE program. In addition to work in philosophy, history, sociology, and anthropology of science, he has collaborated on many studies in science policy and research management.


Mira Hirtz © Mira Hirtz | photo: Karolina Sobel

Mira Hirtz

Mira Hirtz is a performance artist, art mediator, and art theorist basing her work on somatic practices. She explores the value of creativity for human beings and non-human beings in many different formats such as workshops, performances, video pieces, and texts. She worked as an art mediator at documenta14, co-curated the program series “How do we care?” at Badischer Kunstverein 2020 and co-curator of the touring exhibition “Critical Zones”, initiated by the ZKM | Karlsruhe, the Goethe-Institut South Asia, and Bruno Latour.

Diana Mille © Diana Mille

Daria Mille

Daria Mille is currently a curator and research associate at the ZKM | Center Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. Her research interests focus especially on the topics related to the intersection of art, science and technology (also from a historical perspective), cultural and artistic implications of digitization, artistic positions of the 1960s, and the contemporary art. Most recently she has been a member of the curatorial committee of the “Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics” exhibition.

About the Project

Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics,  was conceived and exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020–2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel together with Martin Guinard, Bettina Korintenberg, and Daria Mille. For the Goethe-Institut South Asia, a travelling adaption of Critical Zones titled Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground is co-produced by the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and the Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. It shows a selection of artistic positions and is complemented by further works from Indian and Sri Lankan artists. Mira Hirtz and Daria Mille are the curators of the exhibition at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai.


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