The impacts of anthropogenic climate change are putting our water at risk. The Berlin-Brandenburg region in northeastern Germany is especially vulnerable. It faces more frequent heavy rainfall events, rising temperatures, and a higher likelihood of water pollution. In short; too much, too little, too dirty.
Adaptation and mitigation measures are urgently needed. Nevertheless, these measures cannot be left solely in the hands of scientists and politicians.There must be a societal debate in which water problems and possible solutions are discussed. Such debates cannot take place in isolation and must be embedded within scientific and political, as well as cultural and social processes.
Against this background, the project AnthropoScenes aims to make sustainable water futures public by experimenting with different forms of theatre to open the floor to these critical debates. Formats such as theatre pop-ups, participatory salons and collaborative games are being constantly developed to entertain and engage different audiences, scientists and artists.
AnthropoScenes strives to be reflexive—integrate ideas, reflections and reactions into further science and art. It is embedded within Climate and Water Under Change (CliWaC), an inter and transdisciplinary research consortium studying the effects of climate change on water in Berlin-Brandenburg. Working closely with CliWaC scientists, AnthropoScenes also partners with artists across the region to bring song, literature, poetry to the stage and beyond.
The impact and work of AnthropoScenes is continuously evaluated in order to be transferable to other fields of transdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange in the future. It is funded as an Experimental Laboratory by the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State government by the Berlin University Alliance, AnthropoScenes will run from 2021 until 2024.
Funded within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state government by the Berlin University Alliance, AnthropoScenes is a cooperation of the Theater of the Anthropocene, the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and Freie Universität Berlin (FU).