links nettime about “Whole Earth Conference”, HKW

“Whole Earth Conference”


The exhibition and the conference The Whole Earth are dedicated to the story of the image of the “blue planet” which has become one of the most influential images in history.

The project takes its starting point in historical developments in California since the 1960s: using materials from cultural history and artistic works, the exhibition will critically explore the application of ecological-systemic concepts to society, politics, and aesthetics. The transformation of romantic and technophile ideas from the realm of counterculture and cybernetics led to concepts of the system and self-management in network capitalism that have a global impact today.

Curated by: Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke

Exhibition: 26.04.-07.07.2013  

All the videos of the Anthropocene Project at HKW, including those of the Whole Earth Conference:


Here is the English version of Fred Turner’s talk:

The catalog is also available in English:

Reboot.fm has all the speeches/panels here —


Ian Boal article in Mute, mentioning Fred Turner’s book.


Counterculture, Cyberculture, and the Third Culture: Reinventing civilization, then and now Chapter 13 of West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California, edited by Iain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts, and Cal Winslow and published by PM Press, March 2012.

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt

A cosmopolitan place for contemporary art

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Located in the capital city of Berlin, it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. Visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media are all linked in an interdisciplinary programme that is unique in Europe. In a time when local and national issues are inextricably tied to international developments, the Haus enables the voices of the world to be heard in their great diversity and gives them a productive place in the inner-societal dialogue. In cooperation with artists and experts, it offers visitors opportunities to grapple with the conflicts, challenges and questions of our time: How do our respective living conditions impinge upon each other? What kind of a future do we want to live in? How can we shape our world more intelligently, but also more poetically? 


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