THESys Project

Through a process which entwines theatre and science, AnthropoScenes aims to make sustainable water futures a public matter of concern. It will develop performative formats at the intersection of transdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange through a close collaboration between the Theatre of the Anthropocene and the Einstein Research Unit Climate and Water under Change (CliWaC), a cross-institutional water research consortium in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. 

AnthropoScenes will use collaborative methods such as participatory salons, theater pop-ups, staged productions and performances, digital and online platforms, as well as a grand-finale game show. The objective is not only to broaden the knowledge and experience base from which to co-produce sustainable water futures, but to engage a wide range of publics in Berlin and Brandenburg in the transformations of nature-culture relations in the Anthropocene. The novel and unique approach will be continuously evaluated and aims to be transferable to other fields of social-ecological research and beyond. 

The project is funded through the Berlin University Alliance, a consortium of the four major Berlin universities – Freie Universität Berlin (FU),  Technische Universität Berlin (TU); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


Project Team

Jörg Niewöhner (IRI THESys), Pauline Münch (IRI THESys), Tobias Krüger, (IRI THESys), Klaus Eisenack (IRI THESys), Peter Feindt (IRI THESys), Martin Reinhart (HU), Britta Tietjen (FU), Birgit Kleinschmit (TU), Knut Blind (TU Economics of Innovation and Fraunhofer ISI), Vincent Burkhart (Theatre of the Anthropocene), Frank Raddatz ((Theatre of the Anthropocene)