Rot

John Stark

Pharmakeia

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

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint microbial selfies

Editorial: Rot

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

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

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

Redundant, Outdated, Trivial

In praise of decomposition, fermentation and transformation by Fin Jordão, the water and waste officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

Collaborations on the Corner

Collaboratively produced paintings on cardboard by Phill Hopkins and Jadene Imbush – part of a larger project on the UK’s burgeoning homelessness crisis.

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint microbial selfies

Open Call: Rot

The world is full of both collaborations and contaminations. The evolutionary theory of symbiogenesis tells us that we are born of indigestion; some 2 billion years ago, one bacterial cell…