Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest

free exhibition guide for Reassembling the Natural

The exhibition series Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest (2017/18) confronts traditional images of nature in the context of species mass extinction, deforestation, and climate change. Drawing connections from Alfred Russel Wallace’s mid-nineteenth century expeditions to Amazonia and the Malay Archipelago to current issues of environmental degradation, the exhibition presents 14 works of contemporary art in dialogue with rare botanical and zoological specimens from the partner institutions in Hamburg, Berlin, and Halle. The project challenges inherited notions of nature in order to critically inquire into the legacies resulting from the rapid destruction of highly complex ecosystems. Installations, photographs, films, and sculptures reflect on biodiversity suspended between science and monoculture, local knowledges and decolonial resistance.


The free exhibition is accompanied by a free guide in broadsheet format. This publication offers contextualizations of all participating artists and their works as well as a selection of related essays and interviews; a special highlight is the first German translation of anthropologist Anna Tsing's thought-provoking essay "Earth Stalked by Man: A Feminist Approach to the Anthropocene." 


Current exhibition dates: 27 April – 26 August 2018, Tieranatomisches Theater (TA T), Humboldt University Berlin, Philippstr. 12/13, 10115 Berlin


Comprehensive project information at reassemblingnature.org

Edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin


Exhibition guide with additional contributions by Maria Thereza Alves, Andrew Berry, Matthias Glaubrecht, Lutz Nitzsche, Felix Sattler, Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin, Frank Steinheimer, Zenzi Suhadi, Paulo Tavares, Anna Tsing. German translations by Anna-Sophie Springer & Monika Springer. Design by Wolfgang Hückel


German & English

Ca. 56 pages
Duo-tone on newsprint


ISBN 978-3-947858-02-6


Forthcoming end of July 2018


Published by K. Verlag


The exhibition guide is made possible with the kind support of the Graham Foundation.


Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest is a three-part project by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin. The travelling exhibition is realized by Centrum für Naturkunde at the University of Hamburg, where it was on view in the Fall of 2017. In 2018, adapted iterations are presented, from 27 April to 26 August 2018, at the project partner, Tieranatomische Theater at Humboldt University in Berlin, and, from 19 October until 14 December 2018, at the Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Halle/Saale. The exhibition cycle is a cooperation with the Schering Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut. The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.