Eben Kirksey is a permanent faculty member in Environmental Humanities at UNSW Australia and a Visiting Research Scholar at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the editor of The Multispecies Salon and the author of Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power, both also published by Duke University Press.
Milton Brenes—who is a Costa Rican farmer, an organic intellectual, and a bricoleur—is re-creating a forest in collaboration with a multitude of plants, animals, and students on eleven hectares of derelict pasture near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Rather than focusing his efforts on preserving rare species, Milton has cultivated alliances with weedy trees that are helping him generate convivial assemblages. Milton is multiplying his forces with other species of entrepreneurial agents, generating an ever-expanding project of interessement, of enlistment. Using found objects and organisms—gleanings from the detritus of industrial food production and the litter of leaves in the forest—he...