My research examines visual cultures
of evolution and de-extinction.
In an age of biotechnological innovation, what do visual cultures of de-extinction reveal about how we imagine past, present, and future ecological crises? Defining the emerging field of paleo-animalities, this project proposes the concept of "paleo-imaginaries” to analyze how speculative artists and scientists working in the area of de-extinction science construct visual narratives of evolutionary progress.
Image: Raul Martin, National Geographic
Charles Darwin's natural scientific oeuvre can be interpreted as a meditation on decompositional processes. Focusing on worms, molluscs, corals, and fish, "Dead Darwin" analyses the evolutionary aesthetics of decomposition in contemporary fiction, film, art, and poetics. In this project, death and decay become a creative threshold for evolutionary progress, inciting a renewed critique of the principles of life, matter, and being in Darwin's evolutionary theory.
Image: Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott, decomp