The Learned Pig is a new online magazine with four main areas of interest, one for each leg: art, thinking, nature, writing. Launched in November 2013, the magazine is interested in pretty much anything that falls into these, admittedly rather large, categories.
At its heart, The Learned Pig is an online magazine about art. From the prehistoric to the hyper-conceptual, all art is potentially of interest, although our interest is largely in the contemporary, with a particular penchant for art that pushes beyond the white walls of the commercial gallery to involve interdisciplinary collaboration, scientific research, or environmental ethics.
This section focuses more or less loosely on philosophy, ethics and systems of thought. But it also includes opinion, which can be about pretty much anything. Things which make us think include cultural geography, anthropology, the occult, deconstruction, parapsychology, challenges to materialist science, and anything that helps us reconsider the relationship between the human and the non-human.
We remain unconvinced by the mechanist model of nature that has existed since Descartes, and believe in the importance of rethinking the relationship between humanity and the environment. This may involve looking back to pre-modern philosophy, envisioning potential future scenarios, or simply taking a walk among the blackly melting mushrooms of a dark, autumnal forest. Whatever: our interest is in a non-essentialist definition of nature and in a relationship that is always more than merely oppositional.
It probably goes without saying that the majority of The Learned Pig is made up of writing (although there is also photography, illustration, sound and more). Primarily, this section is for creative writing – poetry, short stories, imaginative ramblings – that addresses (indirectly or otherwise) ideas around art, nature or thinking, and all the things that they might mean. Writers we’re fond of include JP Donleavy, William Blake, JA Baker, Andrew Marvell, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
If any of these things spark your interest and you’d like to contribute to The Learned Pig then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Image credit: Stephen Chambers, Roses before the Swine, 46 x 52 cm, Edition of 25, Etching with chine collé, 2001