Feral Atlas – Jennifer Deger

Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene

Tuesday 25 June, 3.30-4.30pm
CDU Northern Institute, Savannah Room, Yellow 1.2.48

Feral Atlas is an interactive, web-based experiment in environmental storytelling. Conceived and curated by Anna Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman-Saxana and Feifei Zhou, Feral Atlas combines art, science and humanities perspectives to reveal the un-designed effects of human infrastructure projects. At the heart of the site will be a series of reports by researchers on particular “feral” ecologies, that is, ecologies that have been encouraged by human infrastructures, but which develop and spread beyond human control.  Feral Atlas argues that, taken together, these field-based observations offer a description of the more-than-human Anthropocene. In this presentation, Jennifer Deger will introduce the key ideas that drive the site and discuss ways of orchestrating an performative argument through digital architecture. 

Jennifer Deger is an anthropologist, filmmaker and occasional curator compelled by the permeable boundaries between art and anthropology. She is a Tropical Research Leader at James Cook University where she heads the Creative Ecologies research theme at The Cairns Institute and co-directs the Visual, Digital, Material PhD program. Jennifer is a founding member of Miyarrka Media, an arts collective based in Gapuwiyak, NT. Miyarrka Media have made a number of award winning films and exhibitions and will soon be publishing their fist book, Phone & Spear: A Yuta Anthropology (Goldsmiths, 2019) As a member of the Feral Atlas Collective, Jennifer is currently working on projects for the Istanbul Biennial and Sharjah Architecture Triennial. Feral Atlas will be published in 2020 (Stanford Digital). Jennifer has been the recipient of a number of fellowships including an ARC Future Fellowship, ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a Macquarie University Research Fellowship and has been a visiting Professor in Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University and Visiting Fellow at New York University.