Ferocious Phytology – Speculative Botany, Inheritance and the Anthropocene

Sterling, Colin. 2022. Ferocious Phytology. In: C. Rouleau (ed.) Woven in Vegetal Fabric: On Plant Becomings. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Woven in Vegetal Fabric, at Casino Display, 28.01.22 – 27.02.22. Casino Display: Luxembourg, 114-127

This book edited by Charles Rouleau emerges from a research seminar and exhibition of the same name at Casino Luxembourg. My essay responds to a series of drawings titled Herbarium by artist Carlos Molina. In the series, Molina asks how plants might evolve after the Anthropocene, in response to the violent modes of relation that characterise this epoch in the making. The drawings imagine how researchers might encounter and document these new vegetal forms, weaving together indigenous, scientific and more-than-human knowledge. The book also includes essays by Lucia Pietroiusti, Michael Marder, Caitlin DeSilvey, Miriam van Rijsingen, Liza Prins and Giulia Bellinetti.

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