Projects from the Anthropocene: On Climate Change, Space, and Time

An edited black and white photo of a hill with bright spotted lights throughout

In her lecture, Würfel presents a selection of photography projects from the Anthropocene, addressing climate change, space, and time. Her most recent project, “Forests in the Anthropocene,” explores the impacts of global warming on U.S. forests. She uses a large format camera and different photographic processes to invoke impacts such as warming or sea level rise.

Forests are major carbon sinks and remain one of the most critical ecosystems to preserve, covering 31% of the globe’s land surface. Not only are forests important for biodiversity but also for water and oxygen supply, food production, providing livelihoods, and mitigating climate change, among others. However, deforestation and degradation continue at alarming rates, which, alongside increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, lead to increasing average and extreme global temperatures, according to the United Nations Environment Program. What can we do to protect our forests? How can we all get active and take our future into our own hands?

Location: NYU Tisch School of the Arts at 721 Broadway, Room 804