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Lessons from a Multispecies Studio

Uncovering Ecological Understanding and Biophilia through Creative Reciprocity

A collection of nonfiction, first-person writings about creative collaborations with local animals and ecologies. 

In this highly original book, Julie Andreyev explores agency and consciousness through her encounters with other lifeforms—companion dogs, wild birds, mineral beings, plant life, and forest communities—to illuminate the ways creativity can play a part in generating a renewed sense of wonder and kinship with nature. Drawing from her extensive work in interspecies collaborative art, each chapter weaves together personal reflection, interdisciplinary research, and critical thought with new media, sound, generative, indeterminacy, and other art methods. The threads converge on this main point: the need to move away from anthropocentrism and towards ecological understanding through reciprocity and biophilia. The local journeys in each chapter are guided by more-than-human ways of knowing, which provide an expanded sense of the world and underscore the imperative to act. This book invites readers to step into other worlds, re-sense life, and re-think their relationship with the planet and all of its inhabitants. In proposing an expanded field of aesthetics, Andreyev offers new applied approaches from interspecies art to help shape and evolve human outlooks, emotions, and actions.

240 pages | 26 color plates, 69 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2


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Table of Contents

Introduction 

Dogs 
Dog lessons
Early days 
Dog communications 
Communication ethics 
Transformation 
EPIC_Tom 

Crows and Stones 
A gift from a crow 
Good neighbours 
Crow mind and narrative ethics 
Stone communications 
Stone aesthetics 
Ruins 
Other gifts 
Crow Stone Tone Poem 
New gift, new art 

Salmon and River 
Salmon lesson 
River 
The Adams River spawning grounds 
Salmon migration projects 
Fish ways of knowing 
Salmon People 

Forest 
Dawn 
The forest 
Life’s beginnings 
Phyto-fungal-communications 
Interspecies indeterminacy and biophilic attention 
Anthrophony 
Old trees 
Biophilia 

Afterword 

Acknowledgements

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