Mapping Feral Flows

June 12th, 2021

Feral Atlas stretches conventional notions of maps and mapping, revealing “feral” ecologies—the non-designed consequences of imperial and industrial infrastructure.

In an age of environmental crisis, field-based and historically grounded observations are more necessary than ever. Feral Atlas is an online work of public scholarship that takes this challenge seriously. Within a custom-designed, digital landscape, the atlas stretches conventional notions of maps and mapping, drawing on the relational potential of the digital to offer new ways of analyzing and apprehending the Anthropocene. The atlas’ playful interface presents reports, essays, artworks, code, and design from more than one hundred contributors that reveal how to recognize “feral” ecologies—the non-designed consequences of imperial and industrial infrastructure. Privileging forms of slow looking and reflection, the atlas guides users toward exploration while encouraging them to grapple with disorientations and discover unexpected connections along the way. The atlas refuses a singular logic of destruction or hope with a predetermined future, offering instead radical new perspectives that mobilize Anthropocene studies in new directions.