An ongoing list of recommended reading..our online library

Every semester is based upon one of the Documents of Contemporary Art books published by MIT Press and The Whitechapel Gallery.
My pile of books at home that I have read, part read or not yet read that relate to the topic/theme/subjects of each semester: Nature

Caught by the River, On Nature

Colin Tudge, The Secret Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

Monica Gagliano, John C Ryan, Patricia Vieira, The Language of Plants

Monica Gagliano, Thus Spoke the Plant

Robert MacFarlane, Underland

My pile of books at home that I have read, part read or not yet read that relate to the topic/theme/subjects of each semester: Animal

Ross Barnett – The Missing Lynx

Patrick Barkham, Badgerlands

Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk

Geoge Monbiot, Out of the Wreckage

Ross Barnett, The Missing Lynx

George Monbiot, Feral

David Abram, Becoming Animal

Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

New books:

Donna Haraway, Manifestly Haraway

Timothy Morton, Dark Ecology

Esther Woolfson, Between Light and Storm; How We Live with Other Species,

Andrew Brown, Art and Ecology Now,

General Online resources:

Animal Meditations

Green Renaissance – short films, amazing stories

EcoArt Project

The Essay – Becoming Animal by Isabel Galleymore

The Stubborn Light of Things podcasts by Melissa Harrison

Becoming; Animal, Becoming Fungus, Becoming Plant, Becoming Insect, Becoming Bird

ONCA gallery, barge, community project website

Feral Atlas – humanities and science project

Serpentine Galleries – Back to Earth

Serpentine Galleries General Ecology – ongoing programme

Serpentine galleries – On Practice

Treehugger – information site on sustainability

The Jump

The Understory of the Understory was the fourth instalment in The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, an ongoing series of festivals by the Serpentine Gallery exploring consciousness and intelligence across species. Below is a list of the books that have been part of the curatorial teams research and that relate directly to their Nature and Animals topic/theme/subjects so far, by Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos, Holly Shuttleworth and Kostas Stasinopoulos:

Andrew Adamatzky, Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture

Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, framing through other patterns

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

Marisol de la Cadena, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds

Anne Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Vilém Flusser, Natural:Mind

Macarena Gómez-Barris, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives
Jack Halberstam, 

Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire

Tim Ingold, Correspondences

Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think

Daisy Lafarge, Life Without Air

Long Litt Woon, The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning

Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Michael Marder, The Philosopher’s Plant

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Jeremy Narby, The Cosmic Serpent

Leah Penniman, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind

Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies

Richard Powers, The Overstory

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds

Marisol de la Cadena & Mario Blaser, A World of Many Worlds

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life

Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham, Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness

Vandana Shiva, Soil not Oil

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, Arts of Living

on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World, On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

The Willowherb Review

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

I went to a fantastic talk by Anna Souter; THE WOMEN WHO SPEAK TO PLANTS: Plant Knowledge & Patriarchal Archetypes by The London Drawing Group, this was Anna’s recommended reading list:

Monica Gagliano, Thus Spoke the Plant, 2018

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, 2013

Robin Wall Kimmerer, ‘Corn tastes better on the honor system’, Emergence Magazine, August 2018

Suzanne Simard, ‘How trees talk to each other’, TED Talk, 2016

Prudence Gibson & Monica Gagliano, ‘The feminist plant: Changing relations with the water lily’, in Ethics and the Environment, December 2017

Luce Irigaray & Michael Marder, Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives, 2016

Richard Powers, The Overstory, 2018

Patrícia Vieira, ‘Phytographia: Literature as Plant Writing’, Environmental Philosophy, October 2015

Han Kang, The Vegetarian, 2007; translation by Deborah Smith published 2015