Into the Not-So-Wild World of Pokémon
From adorable pets to exotic safaris, the Pokémon universe offers a sprawling jungle gym for players. Writer and gamer Nate Carlin gives a guided tour of what he calls the franchise's naive ecotopia.
The Boy and The Bird
Nancy J. Jacobs explores the thought-provoking, tragic relationship between enslaved Africans and the African grey parrot in eighteenth century European portraiture.
Werewolves Within is the Pipeline Horror Film You Didn’t Know You Needed
Werewolves and petro-masculinity and extractive capitalism, oh my! In this review of a recent horror-comedy film, Addie Hopes and Richelle Wilson examine an overlooked aspect of the story. Where pipelines go, murder follows.
On The Alchemy of Soil
After a long and dirty journey, artist Tory Tepp has found community in the creation of the Sauk County ARK earthwork.
Exploring Oaxaca’s Peri-Urban Landscape
In this photo essay, Joseph Heathcott captures edge ecologies and life in between at Oaxaca's urban-rural interface.
BBC’s The Green Planet Puts Plants in the Spotlight
James Weldon reviews BBC’s docuseries The Green Planet, and considers whether new film technology can help humans better understand plants.
Honoring Animal Lives through Memorials
Amanda Stronza creates memorials for animals killed on roads and sidewalks by pairing striking photographs with dedicatory text. Through this practice, she invites onlookers to "see, care, and be reminded of the bonds we share with the nonhuman world."
Get Playful With These Six Environmental Board Games
Eco-themed board games are having a moment. Nate Carlin traces how these games have evolved from using nature as an inviting aesthetic to more fully incorporating ecological principles in game design and play.
American Apocalyptic: A Conversation with Jessica Hurley
Beyond "doom bros" and end-of-history narratives, Jessica Hurley's new book looks to the stories Black, queer, Indigenous, and Asian American writers tell about nuclear infrastructures and the radical politics of futurelessness.
Visualizing the Volcanic Caribbean
Weaving a reflective essay with a virtual gallery, artist Kwynn Johnson draws upon the rich history of volcano-inspired art to creatively reimagine the twenty-first-century Caribbean landscape.
Diving into the Aquatic Depths of East Asian Ecohorror
In ecohorror movies like Shin Godzilla and The Host, pollution fights back in the form of rampaging sea monsters. Lindsay S. R. Jolivette traces the significance of water in these films—and what it reveals about our worst nightmares.
The Unreliable Bestiary: A Conversation with Deke Weaver
Performance artist Deke Weaver gives a behind-the-scenes look at Unreliable Bestiary, an expansive multimedia project that tells the stories of endangered animal species.
Finding Connection and Resisting Extraction in Quarantine Gaming
During the COVID-19 pandemic, video games offered Nat Mesnard and many others an escape from isolation. But the false promise of endless productivity in factory building games like Satisfactory ensnared them in a myth of capitalist "progress."
The Roots of (Radical) Animism: A Conversation with Jemma Deer
In conversation with Shelby Brewster, Jemma Deer discusses her new book, Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World.
Photographing Isolation and Connection in the Stars
Astrophotography saw Kaitlin Moore through months of COVID-19 lockdown, developing connections among the universe’s most isolated subjects.
Where the Queer Wild Things Are
Can wildness be its own way of thinking and knowing? And where should we look to find out? Julia Dauer reviews Jack Halberstam's wide-ranging new book, Wild Things.
An Ecological Case for Cuteness
Many environmentalists are suspicious of cute mascots. Evelyn Ramiel invites us to open our hearts to cute characters that create ecologies of care.
Nine Horror Films on Haunted Places and Contested Spaces
Feed your brain and your Halloween horror habit with these nine spooky film and TV recommendations with extra credit readings and eco-interpretations offered by Edge Effects board members.
How Wendy Red Star Decolonizes the Museum with Humor and Play
“When talking about Indigenous history you can just devastate yourself," says Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star. "And so, humor has been a way for me to cope with that." Drawing from an original interview with the artist, Nicole Seymour and Salma Monani examine how Red Star uses humor, play, and collaboration to subvert museum stereotypes of Indigenous peoples and reanimate Indigenous pasts—and futures—through art.
Fermentation, Rot, and Power in the Early Modern Atlantic
The histories of fermentation and its unruly twin, rot, provide key insights into race, power, and resistance on plantations in the Caribbean.
Making Meaning in an Age of Data: A Conversation with Heather Houser
In conversation with Min Hyoung Song, Heather Houser considers how stories and art make overwhelming scientific data meaningful—and how they trouble, interrogate, and transform it.
The Queer Ecology of Steven Universe
When the revolution is won, what comes next? In the popular Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, Gardiner Brown finds a model for queer environmental care.
What Happens When Gamers Become (Digital) Geoengineers?
Elon Musk’s dream of colonizing Mars may be decades away, but video games allow us to practice geoengineering here and now. Doron Darnov explores how digital terraforming both shapes and reflects our desires for worldmaking at (inter)planetary scales.
Picturing the Plantation as a Site of Displacement
A photo essay by Christine Horn from her fieldwork in Sarawak, Borneo, shows how oil palm plantations rearrange and displace communities and landscapes.
Remixing Environmental Icons for a Better Future
Fifty years after the first Earth Day, how have environmental campaigns changed? Alexandra Lakind cautions against stereotypes that focus on the personal instead of the structural.
Making a Living with Salt in Divya Victor’s Kith
A poetic and visceral narrative of salt mining in Gujarat, India, Divya Victor’s Kith calls attention to the lives and deaths of salt farmers.
ClearCut – The Wages of Dominion
In ClearCut – The Wages of Dominion, photographer John Riggs presents a guided meditation about the cultural mindset behind clearcutting.
Art for Our Plastic Present
Natalie Wright reviews an exhibit on "Plastic Entanglements" at the Chazen Museum of Art which explores questions of our plastic, synthetic world.
Making Zines for Science: Five Questions for Christine Liu
Artist and neuroscientist Christine Liu shares her zines, Nicotine and The Opium Poppy, that explore the links between plants, drugs, and the brain.
Drone Warriors: The Art of Surveillance and Resistance at Standing Rock
Part of the Water Protectors movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Drone Warriors use drone photography as a form of protest. An exhibit curated by Adrienne Keene and Gregory Hitch spotlights their work.
Plant Monsters Turn Normal Upside Down
Julia Dauer argues that the plant monsters from the Netflix series Stranger Things share roots with 18th-century colonial terror of botanical powers. Unruly vegetation from the Upside Down calls for a wholesale reevaluation of normal in the contemporary US.
Experimental Documentary Captures Oil Midstream
Steve Rowell’s film Midstream at Twilight uses drone photography to follow the toxic infrastructure of oil pipelines from source to refinery to gift shop.
The Future of Landscape Architecture is TV
Inspired by TV as a medium, Marc Miller's course in landscape architecture has students make environmental fiction about the future rather than design for the present.
Whose Utopia? American Ecofascism Since the 1880s
A 19th-century novel about a (white) women's utopia at the center of the earth documents the long history of American eugenics and ecofascism.
The Social Media of Polar Exploration
Hester Blum's new book, The News at the Ends of the Earth, explains why 19th-century newspapers printed on polar expeditions offer a model for communicating in the age of climate crisis.
Adventures in the Underland: A Conversation with Robert Macfarlane
Celebrated author Robert Macfarlane discusses his latest book, Underland, which journeys deep underground to look for answers.
Recording the Mississippi Soundscape: A Conversation with Monica Haller
Artist Monica Haller explores the Mississippi River as an Anthropocene site with intimate ties to her own family history. She records the underwater sounds of this historical waterway to trace connections between the river and legacies of slavery, philosophies of ownership, and environmental racism.
Excavating Haitian Histories
Haitian political history, Taíno artifacts, colonial plantations, and even cholera bacteria leave their marks on the land in Kwynn Johnson's 30-foot panoramic drawing of Cap Haitien.
What Counts as Environmental Storytelling: A Conversation with Karen Tei Yamashita
The award-winning author and Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing discusses storytelling during environmental crisis, legacies of Japanese incarceration, and why ethnographies are environmental writing.
There’s No Sheriff on This Planet: A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Mars trilogy and Red Moon models possible futures in his science fiction for a biosphere of eight billion people, seeking new solutions for global emergencies.
Finally, a Funny Environmental Film
And it might just be the quirky, queered, Icelandic feminist ecowarrior movie you've been waiting for.
MetroCard Mosaics Celebrate Migration
In "A Manifesto about Migration, Freedom, and Diversity," one artist creates mosaics of New York's migratory birds from recycled MetroCards.
The Environmental Histories of Desire
Greta LaFleur’s new book, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America, shows how desire was produced in surprising ways alongside taxonomies of plants and racial difference in early British colonial texts.
The Art of Nature’s Nation: A Conversation with Alan C. Braddock
What can art history tell us about how artists imagine, interpret, and bear witness to environmental change? The new exhibition Nature's Nation uses ecocritical art history to explore American environmental history and pose tough questions about what we need to do move forward.
Slow-Motion Disaster and Extreme Weather: Five Questions for Judith Helfand
The 1995 Chicago heat wave revealed how racism and poverty are the slow-motion disasters that become glaringly visible during extreme weather events. A new documentary film tells this story.
The Rise of Green Games
Environmental video games like "Walden, A Game" are a growing trend. Can they creatively intervene in climate change debates and inspire environmental awareness?
How the Soil Remembers Plantation Slavery
What haunts the land? Artists R.L. Martens and Bii Robertson dig up the tangled history of "the vampire crop," slavery, and soil exhaustion in Maryland, revealing that the past is more present than you might think.
A Search for Repair in the Wake of the Plantation
An audio-visual essay by Deborah A. Thomas responds to the 2010 state of emergency in West Kingston, Jamaica, known as the "Tivoli Incursion" and asks how archiving affects—not just events—might be a way to re-imagine justice, politics, and repair.
Imagining a Green New Deal Through Climate Fiction
Is the Green New Deal real or science fiction? Kim Stanley Robinson's novel New York 2140 imagines a flooded world where climate action is unavoidable.
The Alchemy of Early Photography
Four contemporary photographers use historical techniques to bring attention to the transient, illusory, and disposable items and people in our world. From tintype to cyanotype, these processes combine chemical knowledge and artistic insight.
Weaving Diné Design from the Desert Landscape
A Diné (Navajo) artist finds inspiration in the Dinétah landscape of New Mexico where she grew up. Her artwork brings the language of Diné weaving to the fine art world.
What Marie Kondo Could Do for the Environment
Does tidying up always mean throwing away? Marie Kondo's new Netflix show sparks joy and skepticism in a scholar researching waste.
Crisis and Creativity in Environmental Pedagogy
Given the often-debilitating realities of environmental issues, how can teachers build an environmental pedagogy that inspires creative change?
Embracing Identity in the Environmental Classroom
We form attachments to the places around us, and they shape our sense of who we are. An educator uses that environmental identity to spark action.
Navigating Race on the Mississippi River: A Conversation with Eddy Harris
When you venture into the great unknown, you often have to rely on the generosity of strangers. Eddy Harris reflects on race and outdoor recreation, ecological conservation, and the elusive idea of America as he discusses his film, River to the Heart.
There’s Nothing “Natural” About Binary Gender
In light of the US government's controversial proposal to define gender as a "biological fact," a trans scholar and artist critiques the use of “nature” to limit the messy, multidimensional reality of gender identity and expression.
Feeling Kinky about Environmentalism: A Conversation with Nicole Seymour
Mainstream environmental discourse often employs emotions like fear, guilt, and outrage. But what about irony, humor, and irreverence? What feelings and what people get left out of environmentalism when we have such a limited emotional range?
Weathering This World with Comics
Comics and graphic novels help us picture new worlds and imagine how to save our own. Four writers recommend their favorites.
Eleven Ecohorror Films to Creep You Out
Curious about ecohorror? An ecocritic recommends classic, campy, and little-known films that play with our culture’s deepest fears about nature. A few of these creature features just might get under your skin—literally.
Fire and the Impermanence of Landscape
Photography is both an act of memory and a way to perceive change. For one writer, returning home means facing a landscape transformed by fire, climate change, and time.
The Pleasures of Teaching Plastic
Plastic shapes us even as it contributes to our destruction. A performance studies scholar shares her creative approach to teaching about plastic and identity in an unavoidably plastic world.
Citation in the #MeToo Era
An ecocritic had just finished a book chapter on Sherman Alexie’s poetry when accusations about his sexual misconduct went viral last spring. She asks if environmental humanities scholars should continue to engage with the work of abusers, and why certain writers and scholars come to dominate our archives in the first place.
Why All Fiction Should Be Climate Fiction: A Conversation with Lauren Groff
How does the celebrated author of the new story collection "Florida" write books in a poisoned, warming world? "By being constantly, constantly angry. All day long."
Watching That? Read This!
Many new movies and TV shows have complex things to say about the entanglement of culture, history, and environment. We recommend the best scholarship to help you decode them.
Birds on the Brain in the Ancient World
In ancient Greece and Rome, birds filled more than the skies. Jeremy Mynott’s new book explores birds in ancient imaginations and the science, pastimes, art, and literature they inspired.
Why We Need Experimental Poetry in the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Lynn Keller
A new generation of experimental poets responds to the growing awareness of human impacts on the planet with work that challenges traditional nature poetry and poetic form.
A History of the Anthropocene in Objects
In this book teaser, objects like monkey wrenches and pesticide pumps help narrate a fragmentary history of the Anthropocene.
Learning to Love Human Traces in Wild Places
A photographer explores an aesthetic that finds beauty in the physical alterations people make to natural landscapes, from Yellowstone to a state park in Ohio.
Rachel Carson Joins the Literary Canon: A Conversation with Sandra Steingraber
The acclaimed author and activist, who has edited the new Library of America edition of "Silent Spring," reflects on how Carson changed her style of writing to become "defense attorney for the Earth."
A Pig Born a Commodity, Raised as a Friend in Neflix’s Okja
To some, this pig is family. To others, she's food. In a review of Netflix's Okja, a geographer explores how the film's representation of super pigs and human-animal friendships asks us to rethink our relationships with nonhuman animals.
The Avant-Garde Meets Ecology in the Open City
Communal living and artistic experimentation have thrived at the Open City for over forty years. In the face of pollution and environmental degradation, the collective of poets, artists, and a lone ecologist are reimagining green design.
A Nation’s Shadow at Bears Ears National Monument
In a series of photographs, a scholar and wilderness guide meditates on wild places and the politics of resource extraction in southern Utah.
The Swiftness of Glaciers: Language in a Time of Climate Change
As the climate changes, so does our language. Melting glaciers force us to rethink the metaphors we use to make sense of the world around us.
From Herders to Hikers, the Shifting Lives of Scottish Bothies
Camping in a highland hut called a bothy, once home to Scottish hill farmers, a photographer finds kinship amidst wild space.
Nine Women Who Are Rewriting the Environment
As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, here is a list of new and recent work by women writers whose environmental imaginations keep us all inspired, impassioned, and ready for whatever comes next.
Photographing Plutonium’s Invisible Legacy
In a series of photographs, a landscape designer and artist uncovers the invisible toxic legacies of nuclear technology in Hanford, WA.
Behind the Beauty of Orchids, Centuries of Violence
Following orchids in The Farming of Bones, a novel by Edwidge Danticat, exposes tangled webs of care, violence, and the lasting power of the colonial imagination.
In Annihilation, the Revolution Will Not Be Human
A science fiction novel offers a genre-bending perspective that helps us think about wildness, purity, and invasion in new and strange ways.
The Rise of the Climate Change Novel
What happens when our changing world starts to look more and more unreal? The recent boom in novels that depict climate change pits the real against the magical, surreal, and fantastical.
The Violent Environments of the Mexico-U.S. Border
An artist honors the struggles of undocumented immigrants in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands and shows the emotional and environmental toll of immigration policies.
“Working at the Edge” Photo Contest Winners
The winners of Edge Effects’ photo contest capture a variety of dramatic, surprising, and precarious border crossings from around the world.
Finding Hope and Community with Honeybees: A Conversation with Heather Swan
The decline of honeybees is cause for alarm and a symptom of global biodiversity loss. Beekeepers, however, find creative ways to build relationships with honeybees and steward their hives.
Designing Seeds and Laboratories for the Green Revolution
The modernism of the Green Revolution is visible not only in the genes of seeds developed by agronomists, but also in the architecture of the campuses and laboratories where those seeds were engineered.
Five Reasons Why Henry Ford’s Failure in Brazil Still Matters Today
In this quick guide to Henry Ford's lasting impact in the Amazon, the director of Beyond Fordlândia shares the untold stories of violence, pollution, and activism he uncovered while filming the new documentary.
Erratic Monuments to a Melting World
As glaciers melt, they leave behind abandoned rocks and other erratics. This photo essay of the Alaskan wilderness explores how glacial erratics are time travelers, treasure troves, reliquaries, and rubble.
Apocalypse in Watercolor
To reach a broader audience, one artist and physical scientist takes data on environmental catastrophe and renders it beautiful.
Painting an Empire: Landscapes of Napoleon’s Dreams in Haiti
French landscape painting during the Haitian Revolution lays bare colonial concern for controlling both people and the environment.
Zozobra & Me: Performance and Place at the Santa Fe Fiesta
A meditation on how the annual burning of a 51-foot marionette forges connections to a city and its complex, violent past.
Knowing Prairies: An Essay in Comic Form
What can the world's first restored prairie tell us about living with the land? The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum inspires one artist to reflect on ecological restoration and what we call nature.
The Art of Anxious Environments
Through art, Yayoi Kusama takes an extreme challenge, mental illness, and connects to millions, inviting viewers into the curious and profound beauty of her interior world. Encountering Kusama's art inspired the author of this essay to reach through her own "a wall of silence" and use art to express her anxious environment.
Why We Don’t Like Wild Women
In American popular culture, from the colonial era to the present, women who venture out into wild places cannot escape the strictures of gender.
Toxic Bodies and the Wetter, Better Future of “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Most Hollywood catastrophe films offer neat endings and the promise of a fresh start. Fury Road asks what happens when the broken world cannot be made whole.
Humility and Hubris: A Review of Luc Jacquet’s “Ice and the Sky”
Even with the impacts of the Anthropocene, it would be hubristic not to realize that ice and sky will far outlast anything so puny as humanity.
The Truthiness of Nature Films: A Review of Perrin and Cluzaud’s “Seasons”
The makers of "Winged Migration" return with a new film that challenges viewers’ expectations of authenticity in nature documentaries.
Expressing Extinction: A Conversation with Anna Lehner
During this period of rapid political change, glass and Morse code provide mediums for reflection on the environment and extinction.
Transparent Walls: The Work of Do Ho Suh
Four graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison share their reflections on the work of Do Ho Suh.
Excavating the Private Sphere
A photo essay of mid-century domestic relics open a window on a woman's hard, heroic, uncelebrated life.
Beautiful Resilience: Conversations after an Earthquake
A storyteller's account of Manabu Ikeda's pen-and-ink commemoration of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in 2011.
Biosphere 2: Why an Eccentric Ecological Experiment Still Matters 25 Years Later
Four scholars and one of the original "biospherians" offer their takes on perhaps the largest private science experiment in history.
A writer's poignant reflections on care and healing. What might happen if we all turned toward, instead of away?
At the Confluence of Art and Science
Ecologists and artists work together to give voice to Wisconsin waterways while a social scientist observes their collaboration.
Review: Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions
A new book surveys 150 novels about climate change and makes the case for the virtues of cli-fi.
Rhythms of Time Along the Water
The Center for Culture, History, and Environment’s Place-Based Workshop on the Mississippi River this summer inspires reflections on Mali’s critically important Niger Delta floodplain.
Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright in the 21st Century
Frank Lloyd Wright wanted to embrace the natural world and push the boundaries of modern design. What do these conflicting desires mean for environmental teaching and thinking today?
Same Place, Different Photograph
Repeat photography is used by a range of scientists and artists as a form of data collection, but also raises deeper questions about the nature of truth.
Environmental Complacency and the Rise of Distraction; or, How I Learned to Embrace Worrying and Love Movies
How do species extinctions past and present affect our daily lives? What can we do to connect to environmental change?
Four Greco-Roman Perspectives on Humans and the Environment
What did ancient people think about human impacts on the environment? Four passages offer perspectives from Greece and Rome.
A Liberian Journey
Long-forgotten film footage launches a collaborative recollection of history and memory, and gives new meaning to the past in post-conflict Liberia.
Rethinking Girodet’s Portrait of Citizen Belley
A late eighteenth-century painting of a moment that never happened illuminates our complex struggles with how to “deal with” the past.
Alan Bennett: An Ecological Storyteller
An ecologist channels a lifetime of studying birds into intricate wood carvings.
From Yavin’s Moon to the Pit of Carkoon: 7 Ways Space and Place Change How We Watch Star Wars
What do we notice if we watch Star Wars as a space epic?
Chloroform and Butcher Birds: Violence in Late 19th-Century Children’s Literature
Children's novels from the nature study movement contain strikingly violent episodes, a fact that pushes us to rethink our understanding of period environmental ethics.
One Community and its River: An Artist Roundtable
Artists reflect on their collaborative installation and performance on the banks of the Chester River.
Stopping by Working Woods on a Snowy Evening
A take on Robert Frost's famous poem, adapted to reflect changes in Wisconsin forest ownership and conservation.
Rhythm by the Riverside: An Interview with Cassie Meador
In this interview, dancer and choreographer Cassie Meador discusses her work with Dance Exchange, and especially their innovative Moving Field Guide program.
Everyday Paths of Water in the City
How do people encounter water every day in São Paulo, and how can those encounters suggest opportunities for dealing with water's scarcity?
Hip-Hop and Environmental Health: An Interview with Dr. Sarah Lappas
Far from just a form of entertainment, Dr. Sarah Lappas explains how hip-hop can empower both artists and audiences to think more critically about their environments.
The Faces of Itaipu: Community, Memory, and Struggle in Rural Brazil
A photo essay explores the realities of life and struggle in rural Brazil.
The Art of Offering: A Woodworker’s Lessons on Collaboration
What can art teach us about fieldwork? Sometimes the stories we tell belong to others.
Talking Trash with Josh Lepawsky
A drawn-out interview with Josh Lepawsky on the politics, flows, and research practices around electronic waste.
Down the Peter Rabbit Hole: Literary Adventures for Little Ones
CHE affiliates in Zoology, History, and English recommend children's literature for readers of all ages interested in the non-human world.
Placing the Golden Spike: Uneasy Temporality in the Anthropocene
A new exhibit at the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Visual Arts offers a range of imaginative visualizations for the crisis of the Anthropocene.
Our Climatic Fate? Oreskes and Conway’s “Collapse of Western Civilization”
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway’s tale of our catastrophic future is a provocative hybrid of scholarship and science fiction that's great for the classroom.
Wrenched: Edward Abbey and The Monkey Wrench Gang on the Big Screen
The new film "Wrenched," directed by ML Lincoln, explores the legacy of Edward Abbey as author and action-based environmentalist in the American southwest.
The Arboretum Edge
A gallery of photographs that meditate on the lesser-known corners of the UW-Madison Arboretum.
Exquisite Gestures: Meditation / Labor
A three-channel video art installation meditates on how everyday gestures, and the labor they perform, become exquisite.
Narayan Mahon’s “Lands in Limbo”
Narayan Mahon's photography explores the individual, local challenges of unrecognized statehood.
An Eye for Winter: In Praise of Local Beauty
What is there to love about winter in a frigid place like Wisconsin? Lots, if you're willing to look.
Whatever. . . Never Mind, or Old Torvald Skaalen Died on Saturday
A story at the intersection of truth, lies, memory, and imagination set in the Norwegian-American cultural landscape of Stoughton, Wisconsin.
The Close City: An Exhibit on Nature in New York
This photo series explores the tensions between permanence and transience in New York City's urban landscapes.
The “Eyes” Don’t Always Have It: Eight Films to Change Your Perspective on the World
Feeling trapped in an altogether human view of the world? These eight short films prompt viewers to, for a moment, abandon the familiar and instead examine issues like time and scale through surprising non-human perspectives.
Living By Fire
Every winter millions of Americans gather around their televisions to watch a fireplace. What is it about a fire that we love so much? And what is it like to live through a Wisconsin winter heated by fire?
The Future Relics of Daniel Arsham
What can James Franco and a fossilized camera tell us about geology, labor, and objectivity?
Photographing Urban Margins: Jennifer Colten’s “Wasteland Ecology”
Jennifer Colten's photographs of wasteland environments challenge some of our deepest cultural values about nature and landscape.
Shored Up: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the Rockaway Peninsula
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall at the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City, offering forebodings of still more powerful storms to come.
Bizarre Beauty… in the Background: Video Game Nature in Final Fantasy XII
Can playing video games encourage gamers to think differently about their relationships to the non-human world? A close study of Final Fantasy XII shows how video games represent nature—and argues for ways they could be improved from an environmentalist standpoint.
Smolensk: A Mosaic of Memorials
The city of Smolensk is a memorial to Russia's history: the old Rus’, the Imperial, the Soviet, and the beginnings of a new post-Soviet.
Serious Laughs: Environmental Films That Provoke Thought . . . and Chuckles
Environmental filmmakers can’t just rely on intellectual proof—they also must connect emotionally. These eight tales successfully use humor to reach their audiences.