When we hear talk about Anthropocene, one might think about a science fiction scenario from the future. However, it defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. In short, Anthorpocen is a present we are sharing now with new realities and species as described by the new Bestiary of the Anthropocene.
Inspired by medieval bestiaries and observations of our damaged planet, BESTIARIO is a compilation of hybrid creatures of our time. Designed as a field handbook, it aims at helping us observe, navigate, and orientate into the increasingly artificial fabric of the world.
Edited by Nicolas Nova and DISNOVATION.ORG, A Bestiary of the Anthropocene is an illustrated compilation of hybric creatures of our time. Designed as a field handbook, it aims at helping us observe, navigate, and orientate into the increasingly artificial fabric of the world. Plastigomerates, surveillance robot dogs, fordite, artificial grass, antenna trees, Sars-Covid-2, decapitate mountains, drone-fighting eagles, standardised bananas, etc., each of these specimens are symptomatic of the rapidly transforming “post-natural” era we live in. Often withoug us even noticing them, these creatures exponentially spread and co-exist with us.
This project seeks to capture this precise moment when the biosphere and technosphere merge and mesh into one new hybrid body. What happens when technologies and their unintended consequences become so ubiquitous that it is difficul to define what is “natural” or not? Whad does it mean to live in a hybrid environment made of organic and synthetic matter? What new specimens are currently populating our planet at the beginning of the 21st century?
A Bestiary of the Anthropocen includes more than 100 original collages and handame pointillist illustrations, 60 written observations on selected hybrid specimens & creatures, and 11 long original critical essays by leading experts. You can download PDF excerpt here
Source and information: www.bestiaryanthropocene.com