Teresa Castro is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the New Sorbonne University – Paris 3. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. A significant part of her recent research focuses on the links between film and animism, eco-criticism and vegetal life forms in visual culture. In this context, she published “The Mediated Plant” (e-flux, 2019), “Queer Botanics” (MAL – A Journal of Sexuality and Erotics, 2019), co-edited the collective book Puissance du végétal et cinéma animiste. La vitalité révélée par la technique (Dijon: Presses du réel, 2020) and participated in the exhibition Plant Revolution! at Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, 2019.

Clare Langan is an Irish artist. Her works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as B3 Biennal of the Moving Image, Frankfurt; Busan Biennale 2010; Singapore Biennial 2008; Lyon Biennale 2007; Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv; Tate Liverpool; Liverpool Biennial; and 25th Bienal de Sao Paulo, among others. Her films have been awarded with prizes such as Prix Videoformes 2014 | Conseil Général du Puy de Dôme at VIDEOFORMES 2014; and Principle Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, among others.

1 Lisa Allardice, “Margaret Atwood: ‘I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now,’” The Guardian, January 20, 2018, available online.

2 Bruno Latour, “War of the Worlds: Humans against Earthbound,” Facing Gaia: A New Enquiry into Natural Religion, lecture 5 of the Gifford lecture series delivered between February 18 and 28, 2013, at the invitation of the University of Edinburgh, available online.

3 Future Primal (2018, 8 min), Songlines (2019, 10 min), Rewilding (2021, in production), Alchemy (in production).

4  Kim Stanley Robinson, “Science fiction when the future is now: Six authors parse the implications of our unhinged era for their craft,” Nature, December 20, 2017, available online.

5 Emanuele Coccia, The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture (Cambridge, MA: Polity Press, 2019), 12.

6 Latour, “War of the Worlds: Humans against Earthbound,” available online.

7 “And, in the same way as corals (and lichens), trees also ‘bring us into consciousness of the Capitalocene’ or inspire ‘the storied tissues of the thickly present Chthulucene’” in Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016), 56.

8 On the ungovernability of forests, see Jean-Baptiste Vidalou, Être forêts. Habiter des territoires en lutte (Paris: La Découverte, 2017).