The SYNAPSE Workshop 2013 (April, 23-27) took place in the context of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s special focus on “The Anthropocene Project.” The core message behind the Anthropocene thesis is that nature, as we know it, is a concept that belongs to the past; today, humanity forms nature. It announces a paradigm shift whose far-reaching significance might be comparable to Darwin’s theory of evolution. With the long-term project “The Anthropocene Project”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt is the first to explore the epoch of humanity from the point of view of culture.
The year 2011 wrapped up the first year of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In keeping with SYNAPSE’s specific focus on interactions between science and art, SYNAPSE’s theme for 2011was Artistic and Scientific Research.
What does art - and its presentation - have in common with scientific research, and what relationship do art and curatorial practices have with forms of research? More generally, what can curators take from scientific topics and methods? After selecting 18 curators and a two-person curatorial collective, SYNAPSE held its biannual workshop from September 7-10, 2011 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (concurrently with Asia-Pacific Weeks 2011).