JULIE GUTHMAN talks about strawberries, soil fumigants, pathogenic fungi, farmers, and scientists — a dynamic more-than-human assemblage that has remade California agriculture. Her rigorous and expansive study warns against the technoscientific fix, as well as the challenges of acknowledging that there is no easy way out.
Episode 03 | Recorded August 2019 in New York City
JAMES HIGHAM, primatologist and anthropologist, discusses fieldwork with monkeys in Puerto Rico and Nigeria, as well as the ethics and politics involved with long-term research and environmental conservation.
Episode 04 | Recorded June 2019 in New York City
ELIZABETH HÉNAFF, computational biologist and designer, discusses her collaborative investigations of bacteria that live in the waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, as well as the significance of scientific apparatuses and creative methods.
Episode 05 | Recorded February 2020 in New York City
HEATHER DAVIS, writer and feminist/queer theorist, studies plastic and describes its ubiquity, histories, and futures in the production of “toxic progeny”—humans and nonhumans born of petrochemicals and war.
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.