As we are living in the age of construction on our planet, earthquakes will in the future have an increasing impact on poorly constructed Megacities. Those Megacities at risk represent not only a local extreme risk of lives. Instead these future disasters can have a global changing impact on politics and societies as seen in the case of Fukushima
In the form of three multi-media installations the project approaches the complexity of contemporary scientific forecasting and its epistemic mode of modelling and calculating future earth and human impacts. It provides insight into knowing and decision making under distinct uncertainties by different actors (facing low probabilities with high consequences). The recent earthquake disasters and in particular the L´Aquila Earthquake Trial in Italy have underlined how crucial it is to adequately address contemporary risks, as the basis and the result of our decisions. The multi-media installations are accompanied by background documentation and reflecting art works.
The project is inspired by the work of Forensic Architecture and enhanced in exchange with the scientists of GFZ.
The experiments and installations of Svenja Schüffler concerning seismic risks and early warning are trying to intersect art and science. The experiment and underlying ideas are introduced at the platform Anthropocene Curriculum: The Technosphere Issue of Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin HKW / Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2016 in the form of the essay: Installing Seismic Risk of Istanbul
The project receives support from scientific institutions such as GFZ Helmholtz Centre etc.