The Alphabet of the Anthropocene is part of our Powerless Powerpoint series. The project focuses on defining terms that are part of life in an anthropogenic epoch. The debated but also widely used term Anthropocene describes a new geological era shaped by human society. Human society has had such a decisive and devastating impact on the global environment that scientists have come up with this term to describe that impact.
This is the proposed epoch of Earth history that, proponents say, has begun with the rise of the human species as a globally potent biogeophysical force, capable of leaving a durable imprint in the geological record.
The term is still up for debate but it is being heavily researched and discussed, evidenced by, for example, the new Anthropocene focused research initiative at Aaarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark.
We selected seven letters. Then we designed and screen printed seven slides that describe various impacts human society is having on the environment. We hope to continue adding to our anthropogenic alphabet in the future, eventually filling out all of the letters in this apocalyptic set of characters. The letters and words/phrases that we produced this time are as follows, with links that help explain each one:
This project is supported by the Danish Arts Council and the Danish Art Workshops, where Let’s Remake had a production residency.