2019 Washington Project for the Arts is producing a series of public conversations, presentations, workshops, and field trips the Anthropocene, looking at the various ways that humans have remade their environment. The Anthropocene defines an epoch dating from the beginning of the large-scale impact of human activities on the Earth’s ecosystems. Since the industrial era, the environment has been particularly impacted and transformed with a considerable accumulation of human artifacts. Entire landscapes have been constructed through this process. From natura naturata (nature natured – nature as a passive matter) to natura naturans (nature naturing – nature as self- generating matter), the idea of nature itself has oscillated with human history. Therefore, the ecological crisis actually reminds us of the contingency and the danger of large-scale transformations.
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