Jenna Witzleben

MFA Thesis Blog

This blog contains experiments, project and reading reflections, unanswered questions, and more relating to my year-long thesis as part of my Master's design program. From Sept. 2016 to May 2017, I explored rewilding human beings and the environments we inhabit at multiple scales including investigation around individual fears of nature, regional food production systems, and global overpopulation. The final works of this thesis can be found in my portfolio.

Rewilding the Mind

I love this article: http://www.inthelandoftheliving.org/essays/ewilding-the-mind by Liza Minno Bloom. She addresses and prods at our assumptions around civilization and development.

She writes, "Thinking about the evolution (or devolution) of the brain, for one thing, makes me question some of the boundaries that civilization has erected within us, boundaries or diversions beyond just the emotional and social ones."

Is our progress really evolutionary? Or is it indeed devolutionary? I sense that there is a fear of simplicity and lack of diversion in a potential future shifted towards hunter-gatherer lifestyle. What will happen to our metal and societal complexity? If they decrease in complexity in some ways, will they increase in complexity in others? Can we learn to accept this change?

Jenna Witzleben