digital humanities, ecology, research

HCJM presents Feral Atlas
at Rice Solar Studios

April 1 - August 31, 2022
Now on view at Rice University Campus
at the corner of Alumni Dr. & College Way

Hours:   Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday's 1 - 6pm

Artists: Ursula Andreeff, Mark Dion, Sierra Estes, Michelle Heinesen, Saúl Hernández-Vargas, Corneilia Hesse-Honegger, Cindee Travis Klement, Jessica Kreutter, Colleen Maynard, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Felipe Sanchez, Henry G. Sanchez, Cathy Stewart, and Feifei Zhou
A physical exhibit of Feral Atlas: The More-Than- Human Anthropocene
the digital humanities project curated and edited by Anna L. Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena and Feifei Zhou

John Doe

Aug 17

For this exhibition, we have two goals: first, to make physical the multi-dimensional and multi-modal exploratory qualities of Feral Atlas’s digital platform within the studio landscape. Second, we are hoping to emphasize the open-ended and evolving nature of what constitutes a feral entity through the inclusion of new feral objects that are notable to the greater Houston area. Some of our proposed Houston objects are mentioned below:

Creosote - tar used to waterproof wood that resulted in a cancer cluster in 5th ward, a historically black Houston neighborhood.

MRSA - Also known as Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA cases are known to increase during flooding events (notably Hurricane Harvey in 2017) as people wade through floodwaters and the virus spreads.

These new objects would be displayed alongside the original feral objects found in the virtual platform. They would be denoted as a “Houston Feral Object” through the use of color coded tags.

Poster for exhibit, featuring Empire illustration by Feifei Zhou

In order to translate the feral atlas landscape into a three-dimensional space, we will utilize the compartmentalized nature of the Solar Studios. Solar Studios consists of three converted shipping containers, an outdoor platform and walk up, and 3 outdoor projection screens. We plan on housing feral objects from the landscape detonators Acceleration, Empire, and Capital each in a different studio, and displaying objects from Invasion in the outdoor patio and surrounding greenspace. We plan to have small printed replicas of the virtual watercolor images from each landscape detonator present on the glass doors leading into the shipping crate.

Sketch of interior of one studio, Capital: detonator landscape printed and displayed on one wall, and existing built-in shelving utilized to display feral entities


Ursula Andreeff

Mark Dion

Sierra Estes

Michelle Heinesen

Saúl Hernández-Vargas

Corneilia Hesse-Honegger

Cindee Travis Klement

Jessica Kreutter

Colleen Maynard

Cristina Rivera-Garza

Felipe Sanchez

Henry G. Sanchez

Cathy Stewart

Feifei Zhou


Aaron Ambroso

Emily Weaver

Tiffany Jin


Magdah Omer

Preston Branton


Missouri Wilkinson

Tim Coward


Dr. Matt McCary

Additional help from

Adriana Amaris

Alec Tobin

Alice Liu

AnDrea Guerrero

Anika Shethia

Annie Xu

Christina Palazzolo

Claudia Nagle

Daniella Lewis

David Guarneros

Elaine Ho

Eunice Aissi

Jacob Lurvey

Jacob Tate

Julia Lewis

Kevin Perez

Paul Shinneman

Payton Ohler

Stephani Leota

Suhail Khan

Sumin Hwang

Tommy Wan

Zing Jin