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Veranstaltung Nr. 7857 Sommersemester 2011

Koert van Mensvoort: Next Nature – The Nature Caused by People (international Workshop)

Sem. 2 SWS
Block1: Mi. 20.4.11, 14:00 bis 19:00
Block2: Fr. 6.5.11 14:00 bis 18:00 / Sa. 7.5.11, 10:00 bis 16:00
R 244
Lehramt: Modul III, IV, V, VI

The human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Untouched old nature is almost nowhere to be found. "We were here", is written all over. We are living in a time of rainbow tulips, palm-shaped islands, hurricane control and engineered microbes. An age in which the ‚made‘ and the ‚born‘ are fusing. This does not mean however, that we have become gods and have control over our own destiny. Rather, our relation with nature is changing.

Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed to each other, they now appear to merge or even trade places. Old nature, in the sense of trees, plants, animals, atoms, or climate, is increasingly controlled and governed by man – it is turned into a cultural category. At the same time, our technological environment becomes so complex and uncontrollable, that we start to relate to it as a nature of its own. Wild systems, genetic surprises, evolving products, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us. Time to explore how we can design, build and live in the nature caused by people.


Voranmeldung: t.meyer@uni-koeln.de