Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Michael Marder and Anaïs Tondeur, This Is For You

In this beautiful book, Michael Marder and Anaïs Tondeur reflect deeply on the hyperobject that is the nuclear radiation from Chernobyl through the device of the herbarium, miniature ecosystems that botanists used in the Victorian period. Under the fragile traveling glass of paper and pixels, Marder and Tondeur host tendrils of prose and cellulose. It’s a stroke of genius to have miniaturized something so vast and demonic—we don’t even know how to dream any of this yet (it’s called ecological awareness), and as Marder observes here, just upgrading our aesthetics to cope with the trauma of this awareness is a key unfinished project.”

Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University – author of Realist Magic

1 comment:

Kaat at MamaStories said...

My husband looked over my shoulder and said, Why do you torture yourself? But it's not torture, is it, it's --- awareness. Thank you for this gift!