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How is a new earth age emerging? Unearthing the Present connects the geological analysis of the present with questions about social and political scope. How does the global fingerprint of humanity show up in the layers of the earth? And what impact does the geological present have on political and social processes?

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitBerlin Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For Unearthing the Present, scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) present their stratigraphic analyses of Pacific corals, Chinese maars, or the seafloor of the Baltic Sea. They show what microscopic traces the burning of fossil fuels, atmospheric nuclear bomb tests or the upheaval of marine ecosystems leave in the archives of the Earth and reconstruct the geological chronicle of the Anthropocene. In drill core readings, researchers*, artists* and activists jointly search for the concrete possibilities and necessities to respond to the signals from the earth's archives.

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