Apple trees are blossoming earlier, butterflies are getting rarer and cities are spilling out into the countryside: What has happened? How has your environment changed? What can personal items or historical objects tell us about these transformations?
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What do everyday objects and personal memories tell us about environmental change? Explore the collection: Where do the objects and stories come from? Who are the collectors? How are our personal memories connected to global developments?

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1 Choose your object!

It is up to you to decide which objects fit in the collection: You can contribute anything from an everyday object or an historical record to a personal memory, an old cookbook, a family photo, or a piece of music.

Your object should fulfill 3 criteria:

  • - originate from the past
  • - have a personal connection to you
  • - tell us something about the changes in our environment
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1 Choose your object!

It is up to you to decide which objects fit in the collection: You can contribute anything from an everyday object or an historical record to a personal memory, an old cookbook, a family photo, or a piece of music.

Your object should fulfill 3 criteria:

  • - originate from the past
  • - have a personal connection to you
  • - tell us something about the changes in our environment
...Read more

News

14/09/2022

NEUE LIEDER VON DER ERDE - "Changing Natures" Visits the Neuköllner Oper

New narratives for a new geologcal era: Bring your own everyday objects or testimonies from the past to the opera and tell us your personal story about man-made environmental changes. Afterwards, the hall of the Neuköllner Oper itself will be transformed into a musical museum. With the music theatre show NEUE LIEDER VON DER ERDE, Neuköllner Oper and Stegreif Orchester create a theatrical symphony about the Earth and how its changes. 

Four workshops on new stories for a new geological era:

Make your personal object part of the collection in advance digitally on changing-natures.org and live on site!

Berlin Event

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14/09/2022

Beats & Bones Podcast: "Anthropocene. It Is Our Responsibility"

The impact of human activity on the Earth is so profound that scientists want to claim a new geological era, named after humans: The Anthropocene. Is it even possible to consider nature separately from humans? How did we ever come to see ourselves as seperate from nature? And what does that mean for the Museum of Natural History? Mira Witte and Elisabeth Heyne from "Changing Natures" are guests on the podcast “Beats & Bones”, a podcast of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Together with host Lukas Klaschinski, they take a somewhat different look at the collected objects. I wonder what they reveal about our relationship with nature.

Listen to the whole episode here (in German language): https://beats-and-bones.podigee.io/43-neue-episode

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