Modern technological advances have revealed astonishing connections, produced great insights, and offered us a thousand ways to say,
“ I am here . ”
But to what extent has our reliance on modern technology isolated us within a digital reality?
To what extent have we sacrificed and abandoned the technologies inherent within ourselves and within the animate, speaking world?
This issue invites you to reimagine technology as a tool to be employed with awareness, responsibility, and a spirit of reciprocity with the greater-than-human reality.
What if we learned every feature of the landscape rather than relying on GPS? What if we experienced texture and sensation through touch rather than scroll? What if we sang to corn instead of turning it into an industrial system?
Spanning alchemy and magic, the first image of Earth rising over the moon, DNA as a key to ancestry, open-ocean navigation, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, this issue broadens our understanding of technology, exploring how it can be a tool for recognizing and reclaiming what is—and always has been—present within and around us:
a world alive , animated , and full of wonder .
- Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Bayo Akomolafe
- Edward Burtynsky
- David Abram
- Alisha Anderson
- Paul Kingsnorth
- Aylie Baker
- James Nestor
- Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder
- Andreas Gefeller
- Adam Loften
- Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
- Suus Hessling
- Ben Suliteanu
Corn Tastes Better on the Honor SystemMultimedia
Following a nine-thousand-year journey, Robin Wall Kimmerer reflects on the ancient technology embedded in our relationship with corn.
Born Was the MountainEssay
In this in-depth investigative story, Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder explores the collision of values unfolding on the summit of Mauna Kea, the proposed site for what would be the largest telescope in the world.
Magic and the MachineEssay
In this essay, David Abram offers notes on technology and animism in an age of ecological wipeout.
A Possible RiverPhoto essay
Following the Los Angeles River from source to sea, this photo essay is a meditation on the human desire to tame the natural world.
The Great WorkEssay
In this essay, Paul Kingsnorth reflects on writing as an alchemical process, one involving transformation, discipline, and purification.
Mud and Antler BonePodcast
In this interview, Martin Shaw offers an extended reflection on the intelligence that lies at the heart of myths.
Winds of Awe and FearEssay
Nick Hunt explores the mythological understanding of winds as gods for the awe, exhilaration, and fear that they invoke.
Sanctuaries of Silence360 Video
Sanctuaries of Silence is an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.
Lovely MonsterPhoto essay
Photographer Camille Seaman captures the beauty, awe, and fear of the natural world through portraits of storms across America.
When You Meet the Monster, Anoint Its FeetEssay
In the age of the Anthropocene and entrenched politics of whiteness, Bayo Akomolafe brings us face-to-face with our own unresolved ancestry.
As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, and communal way of life are threatened.
Camille T. Dungy reflects on the legacy and journey, triumph and trauma, of seeds.
Adapted from the documentary “Earthrise,” this multimedia story explores the first image of the Earth captured from space in 1968.
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