Multispecies Inc Book: Volume 1 (FeaturedFuturesWordsWorks)
Multispecies Inc. is the working title for an ongoing series of projects exploring multispecies future imaginaries that offer a glimpse into a future world of multispecies cohabitation, non-human-centric living and AI biome modeling.
Outputs so far include a limited edition RISO printed artists book produced for NEW INC’s Microbial Chorale dinner event. The book features six short stories and pull-out poster describing a future landscape where humans attempt to make kin with other species through the use of technology.
Notably, The Kin Gatherer, read at the event by Taja Cheek (L’Rain), describes an encounter that a member of Multispecies Inc. has with a tree, a euphoric experience in which technology provides sensorial enhancement, enabling radical empathy. The stories are presented in a limited edition booklet, designed in collaboration with Michael Savona. Each cotton rag paper cover was hand-made at the artist’s studio. The cover is hand-cast into a mold taken from the surface of an ash tree killed by the emerald ash borer beetle. The indentations in the cover are the channels created by the larvae, which disrupt tree’s ability to carry nutrients.
Read the stories here