Ecological Rewriting As Disappropriation: Situated Engagements With The Chernobyl Herbarium

edited by Gabriela Méndez Cota

  • Liquid/Living Books
  • Published: forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-78542-130-3
  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-78542-129-7


Ecological Re-writing as Disappropriation: Situated Engagements With The Chernobyl Herbarium has been designed as the first book in the Combinatorial Books: Gathering Flowers series. Supported by the COPIM project, Ecological Re-writing as Disappropriation has been produced by a collective of researchers, students and technologists from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Led by Gabriela Méndez Cota, this group of nine (re)writers have annotated and remixed The Chernobyl Herbarium: Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness by the philosopher Michael Marder and the artist Anaïs Tondeur (originally published in OHP’s Critical Climate Change series) to produce a new book in its own right – albeit one that comments upon and engages with the original. Authors: Gabriela Méndez Cota, Etelvina Bernal, Sandra Hernández Reyes, Sandra Loyola Guízar, Fernanda Rodríguez González, Yareni Monteón López, Deni Garciamoreno, Nidia Rosales, Xóchitl Arteaga Villamil, Carolina Cuevas.

Editor Bio

Gabriela Méndez Cota received her PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, for a thesis titled The Genetic Contamination of Mexican Nationalism (2014). In 2011 she edited a book, Another Technoscience is Possible: Agricultural Lessons for the Post-Humanities (2011) for the Living Books About Life series. In 2013, she coordinated a symposium on Biomediations at the National Centre for the Arts in Mexico City, as part of the international festival of new media arts Transitio_MX05. She is currently working as a freelance researcher, academic consultant and university lecturer for several institutions in Mexico, among them 17, Institute of Critical Studies, Centro Nacional de las Artes and Universidad de las Americas, Puebla. Most recently, Gabriela has been awarded a grant from the National Foundation for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in order to conduct research on the current transformation of indigenous food practices in the region of Cholula, Mexico as well as a grant from the National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) to work as a post-doctoral fellow at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.