The Learned Pig

Art – Thinking – Nature – Writing

Category: Rot

  • Dead Owls and Blue Bottle Flies

    Dead Owls and Blue Bottle Flies

    Heather Swan, author of Where Honeybees Thrive, explores the taxidermy art of Claire Morgan alongside her own encounters with owls and death.

  • Breathing Trees

    Breathing Trees

    On a writing residency in the Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon, Gavin Van Horn embraces the vital possibilities of more-than-human perspectives.

  • Coring Europa / induction rhetoric

    Coring Europa / induction rhetoric

    Two new poems by Josh Allsop, whose research explores the experience of difficulty in the poetries of Geoffrey Hill and J.H. Prynne.

  • Spoiled Waters Spilled

    Spoiled Waters Spilled

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

  • Pharmakeia


    The Circe myth updated for the age of synthetic biology: disconcerting new writing by Erin Rogers, with accompanying art by John Stark.

  • Editorial: Rot

    Editorial: Rot

    Editor Julia Cavicchi introduces Rot, a section of The Learned Pig exploring multispecies creativity through modest tales of collaboration and coexistence.

  • Compassionate Climate Activism

    Compassionate Climate Activism

    Vermont-based environmental and social justice advocate Chris Gaynor on the compulsion to protect, educate and care for our species.

  • In The Fray

    In The Fray

    “Sewing is an act of care and kindness,” says artist Hana Wilde. “I look for the shared textures, colours and forms between the human and non-human.”

  • Petites Morts

    Petites Morts

    An ongoing photographic collaboration between artist Nadège Meriau and mushrooms gathered from an ancient woodland in North London.

  • …Remains


    Artist Gillian Genser describes how making art caused irreparable damage to her own body due to the toxic residues of human progress.

  • Growing SCOBY in Inappropriate Contexts

    Growing SCOBY in Inappropriate Contexts

    Artist Bianca Hlywa delves into the process of making collaborative installations using SCOBY – symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast.