Epoch Wars

Pony Express
27 February 2020
Australian Performing Arts Market, Meat Market
Melbourne, VIC

The word ‘Anthropocene’, the human-recent era, is understood to mean the age of Earth’s history defined by humankind as a geological force.

The so-called ‘Anthropocene’ as a proposed new name for our present epoch, or geological era, is both a scientific proposal and a cultural meme.

Epoch Wars is an immersive battle that is danced between competing visions of the future, and set in a present where humans are attempting to grapple with the enormity of our extreme and monstrous impact on the planet. With Epoch Wars, Pony Express pose the question: what should we be calling our present geological age, and who has the right to decide?

In response to the 36th International Geological Congress, a scientific delegation with the power to formalize the word ‘Anthropocene’ as the name for this age of Earth’s history, Pony Express present Epoch Wars as an alternative: a queered, artist-driven, alternative congress consisting of multiple interventions across the world in the years 2019-2021.

Working with communities of artists, thinkers, and ecological visionaries, we incite our audiences to imagine and fight for the name that fits the future they want to live in.

Bringing together global partners, Epoch Wars will feature a public speakers’ program, a series of commissioned artworks exploring new epoch names from diverse creators and community groups, and an immersive event presented as a symposium-meets-live-artwork that breaks the binary between science and storytelling.

Epoch Wars is presented as an adaptable model that responds to venues and locations, a platform to amplify the voices of diverse and specific communities to enter into the high-stakes global debate around naming Earth’s coming epoch in real time.


Created by
Pony Express (Ian Sinclair & Loren Kronemyer)

Video Artists
Tiyan Baker, Tom Cramond

Photographic Documentation
Julian Frichot

Produced by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

27 February 2020
Australian Performing Arts Market, Meat Market
Melbourne, VIC
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Information for Presenters

Epoch Wars is currently in development and will be available for presentation from June 2020.

Annette Vieusseux Producer
Marion Potts Executive Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Epoch Wars is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Ministry of the Arts; and developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.