The Current

The Current
On display at HKW
2020, Mon, Oct 26   — 2020, Sun, Nov 01
(early closure because of Covid-19)

The current exacerbation of
social, ecological and political lines of conflict in the United States
reveal conflicts that have been concentrating around the Mississippi for
some time. As tensions rise around racialized violence, ecological
destruction and the Covid-19 pandemic, the historical path dependencies
and social-political structures that made them become ever more

The installation The Current presents field studies by artists, scholars and activists who were involved in the HKW project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River
and which sought site-specific approaches to planetary crises along the
Mississippi River Basin; a river system that exemplifies current
transformations of intertwining histories of earth and settlement, of
the bio- and technosphere. The Current presents interdisciplinary
research, methodological experiments and works of art that explore the
ecological, political, social and technospheric interconnections of the
Mississippi River. In the face of the deepening of old and new social
divisions, the installation brings together projects that explore new
perspectives and spheres of engagement based on solidarity and
collaboration for a polyphonic practice of working, living, and
surviving in the Anthropocene.

Due to the new COVID-19 regulations the contents of the installation are available online only at

With contributions by Kayla Anderson, Sara Black, Jeremy Bolen, Isabelle Carbonell, Andrea Carlson, Jennifer Colten, Tia-Simone Gardner, Beate Geissler, Amber Ginsberg, Ryan Griffis, Monica Moses Haller, Derek Hoeferlin, Brian Holmes, Sarah Kanouse , John Kim, Brian Krikbride, Sarah Lewison, LocalStyle (Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim), Saundi McClain-Kloeckener, Margarida Mendes, Abbéy Odunlami, Lynn Peemoeller, Claire Pentecost , Oliver Sann, Jenny Schmid, Michael Swierz, Joe Underhill, Monique Verdin, Anna Van Voorhis, Maureen Walrath, Joslyn Willauer, Andrew S. Yang

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