Posted: 04 October 2022

GSA Lecture Series 2022: The Anthropocene Museum by Cave_Bureau, Stella Mutegi and Kabage Karanja

11 October 2022
18:30-20:00 SAST
RSVP bmazibuko@uj.ac.za

FADA Auditorium
Bunting Road Campus
University of Johannesburg

Cave_bureau is a Nairobi-based bureau of architects and researchers charting explorations into architecture and urbanism within nature. Our work addresses and works to decode both anthropological and geological contexts of the postcolonial African city, explored through drawing, storytelling, construction, and the curation of performative events of resistance. The bureau is driven to develop systems and structures that improve the human condition, without negatively impacting the natural environment and social fabric of communities. By conducting playful and intensive research studies into caves within and around Nairobi, we aim to navigate a return to the limitless curiosity of our early ancestors while confronting the challenges of contemporary rural and urban living.

THE ANTHROPOCENE MUSEUM
Our research and exhibition programmes fall under what we call The Anthropocene Museum. This conjoined title recognises the proposed new geological epoch we are living in. The Anthropocene is a geological time interval starting from the middle of the twentieth century, in which the processes of our Earth have been profoundly altered by human activities taking place since the industrial revolution.

We consider The Anthropocene Museum to be an institution that is already present on a planetary scale, where humanity has embedded and continues to embed its imprint on the Earth. We find it myopic and overly human centered to embody this reading of a living museum into a single, self-gratifying building. With this framing, we also look to challenge the dominant western conception and operation of a museum and the Anthropocene itself from an African oral storytelling perspective.

Cave_bureau is a Nairobi-based bureau of architects and researchers charting explorations into architecture and urbanism within nature. Our work addresses and works to decode both anthropological and geological contexts of the postcolonial African city, explored through drawing, storytelling, construction, and the curation of performative events of resistance. The bureau is driven to develop systems and structures that improve the human condition, without negatively impacting the natural environment and social fabric of communities. By conducting playful and intensive research studies into caves within and around Nairobi, we aim to navigate a return to the limitless curiosity of our early ancestors while confronting the challenges of contemporary rural and urban living.  

https://www.cave.co.ke

All lectures are free and open to the public.
All lectures earn Cat 1,0,3 CPD credits.

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