About the Journal of Wild Culture
The world is changing, and so is the conversation. Hand in hand with a large-scale shift in thinking – characterised by a loss of belief in mainstream politics, an unease with some multinational corporations, and an anxiety about our treatment of the planet – comes a renewed interest in the minutiae. Many artists and scientists, thinkers and businessmen are increasingly operating in and around the edges of established thought, fuelled by a passionate desire to generate change.
The Journal of Wild Culture is a brand new online publication whose aim, put simply, is to inspect the connections between culture and nature. This manifests itself through, among other things, the desire to foster greater understanding between the arts and the sciences, to open up academic thinking to new audiences, to explore the human face of business, and to underpin everything we do with an ethical sensibility and, crucially, a sense of humour. Looking through the ‘wild culture' lens at the fertile spaces between existing boundaries brings into focus the little-known and the overlooked. This lens allows us to look seriously and critically at the world, but also with playfulness, irony and a certain degree of insolence.
We say 'brand new', but The Journal of Wild Culture actually has its origins as a print publication based in Toronto from 1986 to 1991. Whilst foraging for wild foods in the Ontario forest, multidisciplinary artist Whitney Smith hit upon the idea of 'wild culture' as “the articulated space between what humans do and what they can’t control” – culture and nature in the broadest sense of both those words. From here, the Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture was born.
Now, following a timely relaunch from a new base in London, The Journal of Wild Culture is back, serving and creating a global community of like-minded thinkers and doers.