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May 21, 2024 | First workshop in the "Planet B" series (Clemens Finkelstein)

Panel on Planetary Thinking research associate Clemens Finkelstein is teaching a workshop series at Deichtorhallen Hamburg during the exhibition "Survival in the 21st Century". This events topic is "Geologic Planetarity"


May 21, 2024 from 03:30 to 05:30 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL, Hall for Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

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Clemens Finkelstein

Planet B

Geologic Planetarity


Learning & Unlearning, Environment & Sustainability, Science & Technology
15:30 – 17:30 Uhr
SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL, Hall for Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen Hamburg



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Planetarity provides a key perspective for survival in the 21st century. The concept refers to the nature of a planet and how it impacts the living conditions of its inhabitants. This seminar introduces artists, researchers, and indigenous knowledge keepers who engage with the geologic dimension of planetarity. For example, how can a 120,000-year-old volcano with legal personality show us the way out of social and ecological crises? What happens when seismic vibrations connect distant communities across the globe?

This workshop is part of the four-part series "Planet B." While it is advantageous to attend all sessions, it is not a requirement. The series includes an introduction to the topic, the development of a shared toolkit, and its practical application in the exhibition.

Short biography

Clemens Finkelstein is a historian of the built environment and theorist in the planetary humanities. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and a Research Associate at the Panel on Planetary Thinking, Justus Liebig University Giessen. His transdisciplinary practice encompasses curation, publishing, teaching, and experimental art-science collaborations. His book Planetary Forest (DISTANZ 2024) documents one such project with scientists in the city forest of Frankfurt/a.M.



Information for participants

The so-called SURVIVAL PASS, which can be obtained free of charge on request when you first enter the exhibition, allows unlimited free access to the exhibition and participation in the SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL.

Prior registration is not required. Once the 35 slots for the SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL are filled, the course is considered full. Please arrive on time accordingly. For group visits with more than 8 people, we kindly request prior arrangement via

All offerings of the SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL can be attended without prior knowledge. Materials will be provided on-site unless otherwise specified. Feel free to bring personal materials that are important to you for the workshop.