Welcome to The Last Stand podcast, a mini-series on the social life of forests, reparative land management, and just climate futures on the occasion of Creative Time’s newest public art commission, Kamala Sankaram’s experimental opera of the same name.
Expanding over five parts and ten hours, Sankaram’s The Last Stand invites us into 300 years of sonic history told entirely through field recordings. As the years unfold, the human impact on the forest becomes visceral: species disappear, storms intensify, and the drone of highways and planes becomes constant.
Episode Three Part One — Rhizomatic Networks and Mutual Aid
In this episode, professor, lawyer, and organizer Dean Spade talks with mycologist Peter McCoy about applying the characteristics of fungal networks to the political work of resource distribution, resilience building, and solidarity.
Episode Two — The Future of Forestry
This episode considers the future of forests and what equity and repair in land management could and should look like. We start with a roundtable on the future of urban forestry in New York City with advocates from the Forest For All coalition, featuring Alexander Bender (Tri-Lox), Lindsay Campbell (USDA Forest Service, NYC Urban Field Station), Joseph Charap (Green-Wood Cemetery), Tami Lin (The Nature Conservancy), and Nelson Villarrubia (Trees New York). In part two, ecologists and educators Dr. Angelica Patterson and Dr. Suzanne Pierre discuss the intersection of climate change and human inequality.
Episode One — Sounds of the Forest
This episode features a conversation between Kamala Sankaram, artist and composer of The Last Stand and the world’s leading forest ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard. In part two of this episode, evolutionary ecologist and ecoacoustics expert Dr. Monica Gagliano and musicologist Frank J. Oteri discuss the sonic relationship between plants and musicians.
A peek into the world of art and activism
The CT Summit has been championing the work of artists and activists for over a decade. This is a great sample of talks to learn more about the conference.