ELIZABETH HÉNAFF discusses her collaborative investigations of microbial life in the waters of the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, as well as her interdisciplinary practice that brings together plant biology, metagenomics, and design. As a scientist, artist, and teacher, Hénaff describes the various methods, apparatuses, and creative improvisations she uses in order to understand how multispecies dynamics work and thrive beyond human control.
photo: Steven Pisano
Episode 06 | Recorded December 2020
ZHENG Bo + Steven LAM
How might weedy plants break through extractionist logics of colonialism and industrial modernity? Artist Zheng Bo and curator/artist Steven Lam talk about multispecies ecologies, chemical complicities, and environmental/social justice during COVID-19.
Episode 07 | 2021
Anthropologist Lesley Green speaks about colonial ecologies and endangered lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and her new book “Rock Water Life” (Duke 2020).
Episode 08 | 2021
UNA CHAUDHURI + MARINA ZURKOW
What is the work of art in a time of climate change? Collaborators Una Chaudhuri and Marina Zurkow discuss their long-term explorations of a multispecies ecosphere through performance, installation, pedagogy, and friendship.
About The Lab
We aim to raise critical awareness about environmental damage and the challenges of multispecies survival. Through sound, we explore the work of art, the power of love and rage, the science of wonder and play.
Listen to natural and social scientists, historians, artists, writers, and theorists speak about working with organisms and landscapes that are on the one hand, rapidly being transformed by industrialization and extraction, and on the other, relentlessly adapting to novel socialities.