September 15th
@Museum of Cultural History


How did it all begin, who was the first, why did things turn out this way? These are questions we often ask. But if we look around more carefully, we may notice that the world often starts afresh. Things break down, and something new emerges.
COLLAPSE – people in an unpredictable world is about what can happen when nature defies human expectations. We try to control nature, but it may force us to see the world anew.

When a collapse can be seen on the horizon, we feel concerned. Our familiar surroundings change and trusted solutions stop working. In Collapse we meet people in the in-between space between control and collapse: pioneers who headed north after the collapse of the Ice Age and created a new life on the coast. People in Polynesia who hold the chaos of nature at bay using tapu and mana. the urban growers of today who explore new ways of living to avoid an ecological collapse

At the intersection of these stories, you can explore the interaction between collapse and control, skill and boldness. Should we hold on to the old or dare try something New?

Oslo fjord pioneers
The new Stone Age cultures that emerge after the last Ice Age illustrate how dramatic environmental changes can destroy a way of life. But the collapse of the old world also created radical new opportunities for those with creativity and courage.

Tapu and manu
In places dominated by the sea and subject to unpredictable and violent forces of nature, destruction and impending collapse is impossible to ignore. In Polynesia this has given rise to an understanding of the world as a place where catastrophe, chaos and collapse are an ever-present part of life, not rare exceptions to the norm.

Urban gardening
Is the world as we know it on the verge of collapse?  Many feel that we are doing our best to destroy the planet by the way we live and that it’s only a matter of time before the earth will be unfit for human habitation. So what are we doing about it?   In recent years, people in cities around the world have been experimenting with how to grow food in urban ares.  But it’s not just about growing things. It’s about new ways of understanding urban space, about developing new technologies, - and for many people - about makinga radical break from the way we live today.