Data Flows

August 22nd, 2019

In which ways do conventional data cultures and practices of archiving preclude, neglect, and overlook the interconnectedness between humans, time scales, and environments? An experiment in ethnographic story-writing.

Post-Natural Histories of Maize and Their Companions Along the Mississippi River

“What stands out are the ways we can trace the past to the present and the present to the past through geography. The historical constitution of the lands of no one can, at least in part, be linked to the present and normalized spaces of the racial other; with this the geographies of the racial other are emptied out of life precisely because the historical constitution of these geographies has cast them as the lands of no one. So in our present moment, some live in the unlivable, and to live in the unlivable condemns the geographies of marginalized to death over and over again. Life, then, is extracted from particular regions, transforming some places into inhuman rather than human geographies.”

—Katherine McKittrick, Plantation Futures