In light of Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Impact Week, which is centered on making a positive impact on societal challenges together with external partners, EUR and KINO together present Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. Anthropocene is a cinematic exploration of humanity’s massive impact on the planet. Sjoerd van Tuinen, associate professor of philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy, will kick off the event with a short introduction to the conceptual understanding of the Anthropocene, giving special attention to the ethico-political implications of living in this new era in which mankind’s influence on earth has become irreversibly omnipresent.
Tickets for EUR students: €5.
A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky.
Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high-end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch witnesses, in an experiential and non-didactic sense, a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.