The Learned Pig

Art – Thinking – Nature – Writing

Author: The Learned Pig

  • Echtrai


    An interview with Baz Nichols, editor of Echtrai, a new art and literary journal exploring landscapes lost, abandoned, forgotten, mythic.

  • Making Paradise

    Making Paradise

    Making Paradise at the Aga Khan Centre, London is an exhibition dedicated to historic and contemporary Islamic Garden Design.

  • Sing the Gloaming

    Sing the Gloaming

    An interview with Professor Simon Kirby and artist/ musicians Tommy Perman and Rob St. John discussing their ongoing collaborative project, Sing the Gloaming.

  • The History of Cartography

    The History of Cartography

    An in-depth interview with Matthew H. Edney and Mary Sponberg Pedley, editors of Volume IV of The History of Cartography.

  • Spoiled Waters Spilled

    Spoiled Waters Spilled

    Previewing an exhibition exploring rivers, contamination and cross-border circulation. Part of Manifesta 13 Les Parallèles du Sud.

  • Artist-in-Residence: Rosa Farber

    Artist-in-Residence: Rosa Farber

    Welcome to The Learned Pig’s inaugural artist residency! This residency is in part the result of ongoing discussions among our editorial team. We’ve been trying to think through ways to develop more closely collaborative relationships with contributors that involve open-ended discussions over time. We’ve also been thinking about ways to present works in progress. Mostly,…

  • Songs We Learn from Trees

    Songs We Learn from Trees

    Chris Beckett and Alemu Tebeje give the lowdown on the Amharic poetry of Ethiopia. Then poetry by Solomon Deressa, Gebre Kristos Desta and Liyou Libsekal.

  • Mapping Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

    Mapping Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

    Discussing the power of maps with Rachel Lang, chief administrator and researcher at The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, University College of London.

  • Observation Journal

    Observation Journal

    In WWII, Nazis and Soviets fought for control over a seed collection. Now, artist Sergey Kishchenko plants fields to reconstruct these forgotten histories.

  • The Hockey Stick Poster Child

    The Hockey Stick Poster Child

    The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research — Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL) in German — sits on top of a hill in Birmensdorf, just outside Zurich. Tree-ring research first became part of WSL’s research mission in 1971, when Fritz Schweingruber started his work there. Fritz is a botanist, an archeologist, and…

  • Drawing Water

    Drawing Water

    Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on…