Land & Animal & Nonanimal
Edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin
160 pages, 13 x 21 cm
13 Color & 39 black/white images
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
Land & Animal & Nonanimal attends to the various postnatural becomings, beings and landscapes of planet Earth. In an interview about urban soils of the Anthropocene, landscape architect Seth Denizen considers a history of land use practices that are also reflected in artist Robert Zhao Renhui’s photographs of Singapore’s incessant development. Inspired by a recent visit to the environment of Wendover in the Utah desert, Richard Pell and Lauren Allen of Pittsburgh’s Center for PostNatural History make a case for including postnatural entities and events within the emerging discourse on the Anthropocene. Encountering “the last snail,” environmental historian and philosopher Thom van Dooren considers the meaning of hope and care in the context of species extinction. Meanwhile, Natasha Ginwala curates a paginated intervention on cosmic animal ancestrality with contributions by Bianca Baldi, Arvo Leo, Axel Staschnoy and Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne. In a two-part essay split across the volume, sound artist Mitchell Akiyama explores philosophies of consciousness and language against the background of the phonogram in nineteenth-century simian research.
With contributions by Mitchell Akiyama, Lauren Allen and Richard Pell, Bianca Baldi, Seth Denizen, Natasha Ginwala, Arvo Leo, Thom van Dooren, Axel Straschnoy, Etienne Turpin, Robert Zhao Renhui and Andros Zins-Browne. Design in collaboration with Katharina Tauer.
Made possible by Schering Stiftung