The Learned Pig

Art – Thinking – Nature – Writing

Tag: animals

  • A Good Life / Subsistence

    A Good Life / Subsistence

    Two poems with accompanying artwork by Linnea Ryshke, extracts from Kindling (Lantern Publishing and Media, September 2021).

  • Turning Tables

    Turning Tables

    An in-depth essay on the work of artist-activist Kathryn Eddy, from Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s new book, Listen, we all bleed, published by New Rivers Press, November 2021.

  • Lille Gris

    Lille Gris

    Lille Gris was dreamt up before Brexit and Covid-19 changed everything. In December 2017 an invitation arrived to participate in an exhibition programme at the North Atlantic Lighthouse in Hanstholm, Denmark. This presented an ideal opportunity to open new dialogues on the welfare and intelligence of farmed pigs. In our previous work, CARNEVALE, Cath Keay…

  • Digging in this Dirt

    Digging in this Dirt

    With his wife Kerstin, Josh Mabie co-owns Pied Beauty Farm, a no-spray orchard, flower farm, and apiary just outside of Stoughton, Wisconsin.

  • Meadow Grass / Unmake the Land

    Meadow Grass / Unmake the Land

    “In the tracks of grazing cattle and the oak tree’s swell” – a pair of new poems about labour and the land by writer Hannah Green.

  • Essays on Dog Walking, I & II

    Essays on Dog Walking, I & II

    Two poems from Thinking with Trees, the brilliant debut collection from Jason Allen-Paisant – published by Carcanet.

  • Fields of View

    Fields of View

    Chicago-based naturalist and botanist Andrew Hipp on the connecting threads between science, natural history and writing.

  • Behind the Orange Curtain

    Behind the Orange Curtain

    Besides getting the usual “Go West, Young Man”-type pandering that we all seem to get from American propaganda, a couple things I came across as a Midwest wanderlust adolescent that really resonated with me on multiple levels were teeny-bopper shows like Fox’s The O.C., and MTV’s Laguna Beach, which ultimately planted a Manifest Destiny spiritual…

  • Le Président / The Crocodile Feeder

    Le Président / The Crocodile Feeder

      Le Président: Seven Days In the beginning, Le President, flattened his ancestral villagei, to create his idea of heaven. “Let there be no jungle”; & there was no jungle. He razed the earth with excavators to make space for his creations. & He made the low-lying metal sheds & maquis disappear. & He cloaked…

  • Lessons from Seed

    Lessons from Seed

    A personal essay by seed researcher and baker Col Gordon on the complex relationships between plants, people and place.

  • Bees, Art and Biodiversity

    Bees, Art and Biodiversity

    How can artists improve biodiversity? Philosopher, author and curator Sue Spaid’s 2020 lecture explains (includes video + edited transcript).