The More-Than-Human Anthropocene
Feral Atlas invites you to explore the ecological worlds created when nonhuman entities become tangled up with human infrastructure projects. Seventy-nine field reports from scientists, humanists, and artists show you how to recognize “feral” ecologies, that is, ecologies that have been encouraged by human-built infrastructures, but which have developed and spread beyond human control. These infrastructural effects, Feral Atlas argues, are the Anthropocene.
Playful, political, and insistently attuned to more-than-human histories, Feral Atlas does more than catalog sites of imperial and industrial ruin. Stretching conventional notions of maps and mapping, it draws on the relational potential of the digital to offer new ways of analyzing—and apprehending—the Anthropocene; while acknowledging danger, it demonstrates how in situ observation and transdisciplinary collaboration can cultivate vital forms of recognition and response to the urgent environmental challenges of our times.
Feral Atlas is #15 in ArtReview's annual ranking of the most influential people in art: the Power 100 list
"Feral Atlas is a five-year curatorial project by Anna L. Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena and Feifei Zhou, involving a collective of over 100 scientists, humanists and artists who seek to examine the ‘un-designed effects of human infrastructures’ and which has culminated with the recent release of the interactive digital platform Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene. The platform – a playful, political and poetic attempt to draw our attention to the formation of ‘feral’ dynamics (ecologies that have been encouraged by human-built infrastructures but have developed and spread beyond human control) – combines imaginative mapping systems with scientific findings and artistic representation. While Feral Atlas featured in the 2018 Istanbul Biennial and last year’s Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the Atlas online suggests some of the power of putting diverse thinkers and makers from around the globe on a platform that goes beyond the usual limitations of physical place and intellectual disciplines – a form of networked collaboration that may be key to grasping the age of the Anthropocene and our current ecological crisis." (https://artreview.com/artist/feral-atlas/?year=2020)
Congratulations to Feral Atlas and their Visual Editor, Victoria Baskin Coffey, who led the curation of Feral Atlas exhibitions in Istanbul and Sharjah. Watch the full video talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRk0WniXG5Q
Images: Victoria Baskin Coffey (@viktorbaskin), Visual Editor of Feral Atlas, alongside Markus Reymann (@mareymann), Director for TBA21-Academy (@tba21academy), talk about their collaborations across art & anthropology at the 16th Istanbul Biennial (@istanbulbienali) where Feral Atlas (@feralatlas) exhibited the first WIP preview of their project.