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The research project

The term Anthropocene-from the Greek ἄνϑρωπος ‘man’ and καινός ‘recent’-was coined in 2000 by Nobel Prize winner in atmospheric chemistry Paul J. Crutzen to denote the current geological epoch in which the earth’s environment, in all its physical, chemical, and biological characteristics, is strongly conditioned on a global and local scale by the effects of human action.

Expanding its research paths, starting with sustainability, MUSE takes on board the debated definition of the Anthropocene and its plural dimension to rethink the museum as an active public space for discussion and investigation, in an attempt to redefine forms of interspecies coexistence and new alliances. Re-reading human history and the history of the planet in the light of the Anthropocene prompts us to reconsider the social, political and disciplinary values on which human life in a large part of the world has been based to date.

The MUSE welcomes a plurality of instances, projects and imaginations that help us to rethink our time and our way of being in the world.
Thanks to the use of the visual and performing arts, design, indigenous knowledge, philosophy, literature, sociology, economics, and ecology, the museum opens up to visions and contaminations through an experimental approach and seeks to redefine its role in the light of the urgencies of the Anthropocene, offering multiple readings of the present and contributing to the construction of future and possible imaginaries.

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