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.