OOLA


OOLA is a research and reading group that began in 2016 in Los Angeles and continues to meet once a month. The group collaboratively chooses texts that are centered around environmental imagination, histories and trends. We aim to better understand the making of anthropocentricism, and its friend called nature.


mingling-with in company, performance by OOLA, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

BIBLIOGRAPHY
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2013
- On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability, The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
- The Case for Letting Malibu Burn, from Ecology of Fear, Mike Davis
- The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature, from Uncommon Ground, William Cronon
- Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, Jane Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier
-“The Tragedy of the Commons” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2018
- The Wilderness Act, Public Law 88-577 (16 U.S. C. 1131-1136), 88th Congress of the United States of America,1964
- "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" on page 41 of The Whole Earth Catalog
- Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
- Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
- “Learning how to Die in the Anthropocene”, New York Times Op Ed, by Roy Scranton
- Philosophy of Social Ecology, Murray Bookchin
- The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
- "..Poetically Man Dwells..." from Poetry, Language, Thought, Martin Heidegger
- 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles Mann
- Nature Poem, Tommy Pico
- Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination, Mark Rifkin
- Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway
- The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Ursula LeGuin
- Storied-places in a Multispecies City, Thom van Dooren & Deborah Bird Rose
- Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, Thom Van Dooren
- Kant's Idea of Perpetual Peace, with the Benefit of 200 Years of Hindsight, Jurgen Habermas
- The Influencing Machine, Christopher Turner
- The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics, Ursula LeGuin
- Ecology without Nature, Timothy Morton
- Dawn, Octavia E. Butler
- Vibrant Matter, Jane Bennett
- A Taxonomy of Nature Writing, T. Lyon
- The Serpent, from In Search of Nature, E. O. Wilson
- Photography and the Art of Chance, Robin Kelsey
- Carriers of Meaning, a foray into the worlds of animals and humans, from *A Theory of Meaning,* Jacob von Uexkull
- A Stroll through the Worlds of Animals and Men: A Picture Book of Invisible Worlds, Jacob von Uexkull
- Landscape and Film, Martin Lefebvre
- Aethestic Theory, Theodor Adorno
- The Animal that Therefore I am, Jacques Derrida
- Notes on Art as/and Land Reclamation, Robert Morris
- Sculpture in the House, Edmond Goose
- Sky Mound: Monument of Perpetual Possibility, Matthew Coolidge
- Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia, Roger Caillois
- A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History, Manuel DeLanda
- The Road to Objects, Graham Harman
- The Open, Giorgio Agamben
- Savage Dreams, Rebecca Solnit
- Alien Phenomenology, Ian Bogost
- Cosmic Anxiety: The Russian Case, Boris Groys
- Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene, Donna Haraway
- The Call of Cthulhu,  H.P. Lovecraft
- I am a Parcel of Vain Strivings Tied, Henry David Thoreau
- The Eolian Harp, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Walt Whitman
- The Other Tiger, from Dream Tigers, Jorge Luis Borges


Field trip to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, CA, in response to Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, July 30, 2017

Film and video

- If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, dir. Marshall Curry, 2011
- National Parks: America's Best Idea, dir. Ken Burns
- Stagecoach, dir. John Ford
- From Cyborgs to Companion Species: Dogs, People, and Technoculture, presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Donna Haraway
- Timothy Morton in Conversation with Verso books, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AEy2KmHwh0

Sound

- I am Sitting in a Room, Alvin Lucier
- Das Rheingold Vorspiel, Richard Wagner
- The Well-Tuned Piano, LaMonte Young
- Music for Airports, Brian Eno
- Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven
- Little Fluffy Clouds, The Orb

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