3000 peaks explores the consequences of the human-made climate crisis.
We depart from state of the art scientific findings and development scenarios for permafrost in the Swiss alps; we listen to worrying questions concerning radical future changes and possible adaptations from the whole range of the Swiss society – and the same local questions are asked by people all over the globe.
Centuries ago, „The Alps“ have already been turned into an icon, a bottomless container for projections and questions of any kind, as well as a scene for Swiss-wide thought experiments, forecasts, visions and solutions – some were humble and pragmatic, others of illusive grandeur. However, with its current questions „The Alps“ seem to be speeding up, gaining momentum – on the verge to escape their understanding’s as-yet unquestioned perimeter. Maybe this time for good?
By accepting, that we already live with a possible future of irreversibly destabilised Swiss alpine peaks, 3000 peaks provocatively suggests, they need to be removed in order to prevent their otherwise dangerous and longsome erosion. Conclusively, the Open Call invites speculative ideas on novel purposes for the former alpine peaks. The Call is open internationally and to everyone inclined to participate.
3000 peaks strives to discuss transformational processes already in existence, beyond common patterns of discourse. The project tries to activate and entangle the broader public as well as potential stakeholders, especially the ones whos agency is usually denied at all.
The project is organized and realized by the Swiss association Conditio Papaya, mainly run by Marius Förster and Peter Tränkle.
Marius Förster is a designer and researcher based in Cologne and Berlin. Through Transformation Design he investigates possible roles and limits of design in social transformation processes and questioning contemporary self-conceptions and appreciations of design. He is co-founder of the design studio operative.space.
Peter Tränkle tries to combine approaches and methods from qualitative and interpretive Sociology, particularly the Science and Technology Studies, with various artistic approaches, strategies and media. Through a common practice of transdisciplinary, participatory, collaborative projects he follows diagnostic insights from discourses around the Anthropocene. Our civilization is confronted with and constitutes complex, heterogeneous phenomena, that urgently demand other ways of apprehension and action, in novel forms of collaboration and modes of communication beyond traditional disciplinary borders, hierarchies of expertise and knowledge.