The aim of this project is to interrogate the self-evidence of approaches to conservation ecology and environmental monitoring by throwing open the very question of what it means to pay attention to all these beings who have been paying attention for so many millennia. Working at the cusp of art, anthropology, and ecology, this research-creation project cultivates a queer, feminist, post-colonial, political ecology of an urban park that reimagines the techniques and practices of ecology beyond the normative, moralizing, economizing discourses that ground conventional approaches. The aim is to experiment with sensory practices that can document the growth, decay, combustion and decomposition that are essential to the life of this remarkable land. This “ungrid-able ecology” reconfigures the naturalist’s notebook by innovating techniques for tuning into the affectively charged spaces of encounter and the “involutionary momentum” that propels plants, insects, animals, and people to get involved in this ongoing naturalcultural happening.
Protocols for Doing Ecology Otherwise
Techniques of Attunement for a Sensory Ethnography of a Sentient World
Follow these links to explore techniques for tuning in to the beings and doings in worlds you inhabit:
For more on these themes see:
Natasha Myers (in press) ‘Becoming Sensor in Sentient Worlds: A More-than-natural History of a Black Oak Savannah‘, in The B-Side of the Whale, ed by Marina Peterson and Gretchen Bakke.
Natasha Myers (2016) ‘Photosynthesis,’ in ‘Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen,’ eds Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian, Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Website, January 21, 2016.
Natasha Myers (2015) ‘Conversations on Plant Sensing: Notes from the Field,’ NatureCulture 03: p. 35-66.
Carla Hustak and Natasha Myers (2012) ‘Involutionary Momentum: Affective Ecologies and the Sciences of Plant/Insect Encounters‘ in differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies 23(3): 74-117. Special Issue “Feminist Theory Out of Science” edited by Sophia Roosth and Astrid Schrader.