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Die Ausstellung als geopolitische Versuchsanordnung

Künstlerischer Wissenstransfer und transmediale Vermittlung in Latours Gedankenausstellung Critical Zones – Horizonte einer neuen Erdpolitik

Mersmann, Birgit | Ohls, Hauke

Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, Bd. 67 (2022), Iss. 2: S. 102–127

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Mersmann, Birgit

Ohls, Hauke


The exhibition Critical Zones – Horizonte einer neuen Erdpolitik (2020–2022) at the ZKM Karlsruhe is a renewed attempt to unite artistic, philosophical, and scientific knowledge production in the medium of the ›Gedankenausstellung‹ (thought exhibition). The thematic orientation of the exhibition draws upon the writings of Bruno Latour, one of the curators. The article analyzes how his research on the critical zone, the terrestrial, and the Gaia hypothesis has been transformed into an exhibition format, intending a transmedial spatialization of thoughts combined with the visitor’s experience ›how to land on earth‹. Based on a detailed exhibition analysis, it examines the curation and mediation of Latour’s earth-political thoughts and concepts in both the physical exhibition and the digital exhibition platform that evolved in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.