Coastal Reading Group :: Wilderness, Ethics and the Capitalocene

The Coastal Reading Group hosts three readers from three coasts who trouble the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with (non)humans.



Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and researcher whose work has been shown internationally since 1995 and most recently at PS1 MoMA and MinusSpace, NY. Curious about intersubjectivity and the possibilities of communication and change, she employs a range of media and performative actions with a focus on walking. Recent projects include collaborative walks in New York City and Argentina; the curatorial project Notations, the Cage Effect Today with J.Pissarro, M.Yun and J.Grinblatt at the Hunter College Galleries, NY; What Mushroom? What Leave? in collaboration with Grinblatt and Light-on-Air Projects; Librioteca Pineal, at CIA Centro, Buenos Aires,, among others. She is currently pursuing research at CUNY Graduate Center, NY.

Margaretha Haughwout is a senior lecturer at California College of the Arts, a certified Western Herbalist and a member of the Guerrilla Grafters art group. She holds an MFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her personal and collaborative artwork explores the intersections between technology and wilderness in the interest of multispecies mutuality and care. Margaretha practices cultivation of biological systems that reach beyond scarcity models that come with sedentary agriculture and deny a cybernetic view of control, considers ways of knowing and communicating with the non human, and the influence of 20th-c information theory on these approaches. Her work manifests as art, medicine and thought.



what we are reading

William Adams & Martin Mulligan, Decolonizing Nature: Strategies for Conservation in a Post-colonial Era
M. Kat Anderson, Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources
Contemporary Debates In Human Geography
Ed Cohen, A Body Worth Defending: Immunity, Biopolitics, and the Apotheosis of the Modern Body
Jon T. Coleman, Vicious: Wolves and Men in America
Jim Corbett, Goatwalking: A Guide to Wildland Living
William Cronon, The Trouble with Wilderness
Philippe Descola, Beyond Nature and Culture
Thomas R. Dunlap, But What Did You Go Out into the Wilderness to See?
Thomas R. Dunlap, Environmentalism, a Secular Faith
Donna Haraway, When Species Meet
Peter Harrison, The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science
Samuel P. Hays, The Trouble With Bill Cronon’s Wilderness
Eben Kirksey, The Multispecies Salon
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human
Belden C. Lane, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality
Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern
Lucy Lippard, Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West
David Loy, Transcendence or Immanence? Balancing Heaven and Earth
Hugo Mattei, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community
Joachim Radkau, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment
Deborah Bird Rose, Reports from a Wild Country: An Ethics for Decolonization
Kim Tallbear, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science
Aaron Vansintjan, Decolonizing nature, the academy, and Europe. An interview with Métis writer Zoe Todd.