AGAM: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change

Date: 4. June 2015, 6.00 pm

Venue: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

With special guest and readings by Red Constantino, initiator of AGAM and Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Manila.

AGAM ("Uncertainty/Memory")

AGAM (“Uncertainty/Memory”)

The Böll Foundation, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, the Philippinenbüro, Philnetz e.V. and PowerShift e.V. invite you to the Berlin launch of Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change. Agam is an old Filipino word that captures both uncertainty and memory, reflecting the confrontation between climate change and diverse cultures across the Philippines. AGAM is a unique project – showing the lived reality of climate change rather than the abstract world of climate politics.

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, writes: “Agam is exquisite: a deeply original concept executed with tremendous artistry. These elegant vignettes distill the climate crisis down to its most intimate and human details. By focusing on the small, the biggest questions of all are cracked open. How do we heal after our most beloved and nourishing places have turned against us? How do we live in a world that has itself become a question mark? And most of all: How can we stop inflicting such violence on one another?”

Twenty-six photos by Jose Enrique Soriano were the catalyst for the writing in eight Filipino languages (all translated into English), crafted by 24 writers representing a broad array of disciplines—poets, journalists, anthropologists, scientists, and artists.

All proceeds of the evening will go to the project Re-Charge Tacloban, a transformative rebuilding effort in Tacloban, a city devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall. Visit http://agam.ph/ for more information.