UBC Graduate Research

Entangled : Enhancing Salmon Kinship Networks Tomkins, Karen


Our beliefs and stories about our place within the natural world have potent, profound and direct implications for the ways we individually and collectively impact the planet. Dominant cultural norms tell us that nature is subordinate to human and created explicitly for us. Human superiority goes largely unquestioned, allowing us to treat non-humans as “its,” mere resources to be exploited. Entangled explores ways of designing for interspecies co-authorship that fosters respect for and connection to our non-human kin through the relational networks of Pacific Salmon. Salmon are the iconic being that ties seascapes to landscapes and whose bodies serve as a foundation for the evolution of our temperate rainforests. Salmon impact many kin through their decaying bodies which rest in streams and forests along the coast. Entangled is a process by which human action is deployed as vector, offering Salmon’s carcass to the forests and streams in order to nourish tangled connections of kin.

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