Travelling Exhibition
Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground

Critical Zones © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

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.

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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.


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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