My research examines literary and visual cultures

of evolution and de-extinction.

 

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Regenesis Aesthetics: The Art and Literature of De-Extinction Science

In an age of biotechnological innovation, what do literary and visual cultures of de-extinction reveal about how we imagine past, present, and future ecological crises? Defining the emerging field of De-Extinction Studies, this project analyzes how speculative artists and scientists are creating the cultural space required to explore bioethical questions that lie at the heart of species revivalist programmes in the present era.

Image: Raul Martin

Dead Darwin: Evolutionary Decompositions in Neo-Victorian Culture

Charles Darwin's natural scientific oeuvre can be interpreted as a meditation on decompositional processes. Focusing on worms, molluscs, corals, fish, and fungi, "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