Carceri d'Invenzione

In this moment of imminent planetary crisis, are we inhabiting prisons of our own design? Are we captives of the systemic imperatives of innovation, growth, and the logic of technological disruption and solutionism? In his extensive fieldwork, the filmmaker Armin Linke documents the entangled realities and systemic contradictions of the Anthropocene. He examines the relationship between planetary ecosystems, political institutions, and scientific infrastructures through a visual analysis of the conflicted spaces of climate change. The installation Carceri d’Invenzione, conceived in collaboration with Giulia Bruno and Giuseppe Ielasi, borrows its title from the famous etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Piranesi’s bizarre, closed architectures consist of manipulated perspectives, manifold contradictions, and irrational entanglements.
In his work, Armin Linke examines the “human-made” designs that have since pushed planet Earth to the threshold of climate change and the Anthropocene. HKW curator Anselm Franke and Armin Linke have chosen an exceptional and sculptural structure as the site for this installation: The double stairwell that was designed in 1963 by the sculptor Carlo Ramous with architects Carlo Bassi. Armin Linke’s fieldwork began with the Anthropocene Observatory project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, in cooperation with Territorial Agency. HKW has been advancing the debate on the human impact on planet Earth since 2013.


Organising institution:
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin

Bernd Scherer

General Manager:
Charlotte Sieben

Anselm Franke

Armin Linke

Giulia Bruno, Giuseppe Ielasi

Author of the Texts:
Anselm Franke

Video Lectures:
Margarida Mendes, John Palmesino, Birgit Schneider, Etienne Turpin

Team Armin Linke

Camera, Editing:
Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno

Sound Design, Editing:
Giuseppe Ielasi

Location Sound:
Renato Rinaldi
Kati Simon

Graphic Design:
Mevis & van Deursen
ALTOFRAGILE, Milan and BH audio, San Giuseppe in collaboration with Giuseppe Ielasi

Maria Nadotti

Studio Armin Linke: 
Nicholas Boncardo de Leo, Elena Capra, Laura Fiorio, Ferial Nadja Karrasch, Sarah Poppel, Martina Pozzan, Elisa Scaramuzzino

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Department of Visual Arts and Film

Anselm Franke

Project Management, Program Coordination:
Agnes Wegner

Project Coordination:
Franziska Janetzky

Department of Communications:
Daniel Neugebauer, Svetlana Bierl, Kristin Drechsler, Pakorn Duriyaprasit, Tarik Kemper, Karen Khurana, Jan Köhler, Anne Maier, Laura Mühlbauer, Céline Pilch, Josephine Schlegel, Christiane Sonntag, Sabine Westemeier, Sabine Willig

The official German contribution to the Triennale di Milano is supported by the Federal Foreign Office. HKW is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office. 
For this exhibition, Studio Armin Linke has been supported by the project partners Fundació Sorigué (Lleida, Spain), Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019, TBA21–Academy and Montura/Tasci Srl.

Presented by Mousse Magazine & Publishing.

Armin Linke is represented by galleria Vistamare / Vistamarestudio, Pescara / Milano.
For the realization of the project further support was provided to the Studio Armin Linke by Artek; BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen; CeNak Centrum für Naturkunde, Hamburg; Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, NY; Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Manama, Bahrain; Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore–ETH Center, Singapore; GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research: Year of Science 2016*17—Seas and Oceans; The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin, USA; Kulturstiftung des Bundes; MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen; MIT Senseable City Laboratory, Cambridge, MA, USA; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University; The Schools of Visual Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; University of Hamburg.


United Nations, COP19 Climate Change Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 2013 | © Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

Fighting fire in the peatland, Kecematan Sungai Sembilan Kota Dumai (Riau) Indonesia | © Armin Linke, 2016

Greenhouse, El Ejido, Spain, 2013 | © Armin Linke

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