The programme Swimming in the Anthropocene held on Saturday 19 November at Het HEM in Zaandam was yet another example of the interdisciplinary nature of interests in non-humans. The question of how we can reassess our humanity in relation to nature turns out to be a theme very much on the minds of many, from policy makers through to marine biologists, from submarine captains through to designers, from Ministries through to climate activists and from writers through to researchers. We experienced this meeting as ‘a probate tool to counter to climate blues’, and we hope you share our opinion!
We would like to thank the following people for their inspiring contributions: Arita Baaijens, Frank Bloem, Gershwin Bonevacia, Laura Burgers, Jesper Buursink, Axel Coumans, Maarten Erich, Ewout van Galen, Carlijn Haringsma, Harpo ‘t Hart, Erik de Jong, Theun Karelse, Valerie van Leersum, Anne van Leeuwen, Madeleine Maatstap, Eva Meijer, Thijs Middeldorp, Daphina Misiedjan, Carmen Schabracq and Stef Veldhuis
We would also like to thank the following organisations for their support: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Mondriaan Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds and Het HEM
Click here for a review of the programme and check out the photographs of the event taken by Cleo Campert. Finally: read below the poem presented at Het HEM by Amsterdam urban poet Gershwin Bonevacia.