Astrida Neimanis, Hydrofeminist, in the context of the OPEN SPACE of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Astrida Neimanis is a writer, researcher and teacher concerned with feminism, water, and environmental change. She is currently Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities at UBC Okanagan on unceded Syilx territory in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Her most recent book is Bodies of Water: Feminist Posthuman Phenomenology.


The Archive of the Futures is a video archive that gathers the voices of scientists, activists and artists and forms a kind of open archive for the questions and challenges that concern us in the times of the Anthropocene. The climate crisis and its life-threatening consequences, the excessive waste of resources, the legacy of colonialism, and growing social and economic inequality pose challenges to humanity. How can we confront these? What does it mean to work for a livable future in these times? How can we think and create a fair and livable future? Is the future possible and for whom or what? The starting point for the video statements are questions that the participants most urgently ask themselves with regard to the future. The questions are intended to provide food for thought about what should be said, questioned and done in the Anthropocene – and about what the future asks us to think.

Conception and realization of the Archive of the Futures: Fiona Schrading and Theresa Dagge.

OPEN SPACE. Nothing but the Future

Nov 13, 2021 – Feb 2, 2022

For the second OPEN SPACE, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will again transform an exhibition hall into an indoor public space. Under the title “Nothing but the Future,” the focus is now on the Anthropocene, a scientific term for the present age of the earth, in which humankind has become a force of nature. In collaboration with local and international partners, a transdisciplinary program has been developed that turns OPEN SPACE into a space for negotiating questions about the present and the future.

More information: www.kunstsammlung.de

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