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human being in an unpredictable world

How did it all begin?

Museums often tell the story of beginnings, about who was first and how the world as we know it came to be.   But if we take a closer look, we see that the world is constantly starting anew. Things fall apart, something new begins.

COLLAPSE – human being in an unpredictable world is about what can happen when nature disrupts our world. We humans try their best to control nature, but nature doesn’t always play by our rules.  Nature repeatedly throws us into chaos and forces us to look at the world from a new perspective.

In Collapse we meet people who, in different ways and at different times live between control and chaos:

  • In the distant past we meet Stone Age pioneers who ventured north and made a new life for themselves along the coast of Norway after the collapse of the Ice Age.
  • We travel east to The Pacific and see how people in Polynesia held chaos at bay with the help of tapu and mana.
  • We meet today´s urban gardeners who are exploring new ways of living in response to the threat of ecological collapse that faces us today.

In the spaces between the stories, you can explore for yourself how daring, ingenuity, control and collapse interact.