Future Ecologies is a podcast about relationships: between, within, amongst, and all around us. Made for audiophiles and nature lovers alike, every episode is an invitation to see the world in a new light – set to original music & immersive soundscapes, and weaving together interviews with expert knowledge holders.
FE3.5 - The Story of the Understory of the Understory
What are earth, land, soil, ground and dirt? Join us in that place which is simultaneously ground, land, soil and Earth, that is to say, where diverse species come together, collaborate, communicate and constitute one another but also where complex systems of redistribution of toxicity, logics of extraction and geopolitics meet.
This episode is a collaboration between Future Ecologies and Serpentine Podcast, developed in response to Serpentine’s General Ecology event, The Understory of the Understory, which brought together practitioners from many disciplines to consider the ground beneath our feet across ecologies, politics and spiritualities.
Invited to respond to the interventions presented over two days in December 2020, Future Ecologies have “composted” The Understory into a choral, poetic essay.
General Ecology is a long-term, cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary and cross-media research project. Harnessing the network and learnings developed over the last years, the project is the Serpentine’s think tank at the porous thresholds of art, science and the humanities, bringing together the most forward-thinking researchers, artists, activists and practitioners from all disciplines to reflect on the urgent crises of the Anthropocene by thinking ecologically both within the Galleries, across a network of individuals and organisations, and in a wider context.
YouTube Playlists: youtube.com/c/SerpentineGalleriesUK/playlists
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Cover image: Future Ecologies x Giles Round x Bea Leiderman
FE3.4 - Dama Drama
Guest producers Sadie Couture and Russell Gendron explore the concept of invasive species through a look at a small island community, a species doing some serious damage to the ecosystem, and the complex issues at play when a plant or animal moves into a new territory.
Sadie and Russell talk to current and former residents of Mayne Island, Indigenous elders, and conservation professionals to think through what it means to call something an “invasive species,” how to manage our ever-changing relationships to plants and animals, and how we might prepare for the certainty of change in the future.
This episode was originally a short piece on the Mayne Island Sound Map, entitled “The Joy of Cooking Fenison.”
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FE3.3 - Nature, by Design? Freakological Fallacies
Sometimes it feels like we're all living in a garbageosphere – an ecosystem of trash and detritus. But despite the extent of anthropogenic impacts, life is resilient and infinitely creative.
Hyper-ecologies, novel ecosystems, freakosystems – different names for the same thing: never-before-seen assemblies of lifeforms, born of human disturbance. These profoundly weird ecologies are persistent, and (through a certain lens) often functional.
In this final chapter of "Nature, by Design?", we meet again with Oliver Kellhammer and Eric Higgs to discuss what we can learn from these ruderal places, and how they can empower a new way of thinking about ecological restoration.
This episode is the last in a 3-part series. Before listening to this one, you may want to catch up with Part 1: Taking the Neo-Eoscenic Route [FE3.1] & Part 2: The Path to the Wilderness Lodge [FE3.2]
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Two announcements for World Soil Day
Tomorrow (Saturday Dec 5) is World Soil Day, and there are many exciting things underfoot!
The Shape Of A Circle In The Mind Of A Fish: The Understory Of The Understory
- The 4th annual festival from the Serpentine Galleries
- Live streaming Saturday and Sunday (12pm - 5:45pm GMT)
- Register and attend for free: themind.fish
- Festival trailer: https://youtu.be/6_vz_avr8Js
Life In The Soil
- A new podcast collaboration by Anja Krieger and the Plant, Fungus, and Soil Ecology Lab at the Freie Universität Berlin
- Episode 1 launches Saturday
- Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud
- Or listen online at https://rilliglab.org/podcast/
FE3.2 - Nature, by Design? The Path to the Wilderness Lodge
This episode is the second in a 3-part series. Before listening to this one, you may want to catch up with FE3.1 - Nature, by Design? Part 1: Taking the Neo-Eoscenic Route
As we continue to discuss the practice of ecological restoration, an important question emerges: is wilderness itself an illusion? We all have a picture of wilderness in our minds, but how did that image come to be? Join us for a tale of two simulacra.
For musical credits, citations, and more, visit https://www.futureecologies.net/listen/fe-3-1-nature-by-design-pt2
[UNLOCKED] Seaweed Sojourning 1: Light and Colour
For a new season of bonus Patreon mini-episodes, we’re going beyond kelp worlds to meet the rest of our seaweed sojourners.
Today, we’re stepping into a world of colour – of light, and shadow. Our first algal introduction is a stunning seaweed, known to some as rainbow leaf (or Mazzaella).
We're unlocking this first episode of of our Patreon-exclusive series: “Seaweed Sojourning”, as we explore The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin. Pay what you can – as little as a $1 per month – to get the rest of the series, and our whole back catalogue of bonus content.
Episode artwork by Josie Iselin (from The Curious World of Seaweed). For more images of Mazzaella in its iridescent glory, check out our Instagram @futureecologies
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I recently discovered this pod and am loving it!
Love this show
Thanks for diving into these deep and complex stories!
Well produced with sweet original music and lots of the cultural awareness that is lacking in many discussions of land, water and ecology.
A complex story, nicely told.