Every event in human history has been a more-than-human event. When hunter-gatherers burn the land, they cooperate with herbs that seed quickly and grasses that sprout after fires, attracting game. Inside us, intestinal bacteria make it possible for us to digest our food. Other things, living and nonliving, make it possible to be human. Yet powerful habits of thought over the last centuries have made this statement less than obvious. With the arrival of the idea of the Anthropocene, we move away from such thinking to reconsider how human and nonhuman histories are inextricably intertwined.
Convening over one hundred researchers to trace a whole range of such intertwinements, Feral Atlas offers an original and playful approach to studying the Anthropocene. Focused on the world's feral reactions to human intervention, the editors explore the structures and qualities that lie at the heart of the feral and make the phenomenon possible. This publication features original contributions by high-profile artists, humanists and scientists such as Amitav Ghosh, Elizabeth Fenn, Simon Lewis, Mark Maslin, and many others.
About the authors
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jennifer Deger is Associate Professor and Research Leader in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University. Alder Keleman Saxena is Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Feifei Zhou is Researcher at Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA).
"To fix a problem we have to understand it. Feral Atlas helps us do just that. It illuminates the ways in which we are shaping the world and gives us the information we need to be able to act."
—Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
"Being part of the onrushing Anthropocene often makes me feel like a number, some machine part of eight or nine billion people. Feral Atlas throws me into a future that swirls with art, poetry, dark facts, and ironic humor. It keeps the impending future in human focus, smashing together calamity and humanity."
—Steven Palumbi, Stanford University
"Feral Atlas is the most innovative digital humanities or sciences project I have ever seen. After being immersed in this transdisciplinary, multimedia, polysensuous, and open-access experiment, you will emerge more attentive to the feral qualities and patchy infrastructures of the Anthropocene."
—Craig Stantos Perez, University of Hawaii, Mānoa
"Feral Atlas is an intricately granular reimagining of the Anthropocene which allows users to move horizontally across its multiple manifestations. It is an urgent and poetic call to action that rewards patience and curiosity. The site leads us through the dark, serpentine trails of our contemporary condition, urging us to look around rather than ahead."
—Nicolás Jaar, Composer
"Ambitious and adventurous, Feral Atlas is an innovative project designed to work with the links, filters, and navigational options that digital publication affords. Rich in intellectual content and still novel in format, the Atlas gives a sense of how much we have come to expect from online publishing—and what may unfold ahead. We need such projects, with their heavy investment in the challenges of integrating designers, artists, scholars, and editors to forge the directions that will become part of the way we think and work."
—Johanna Drucker, University of California, Los Angeles