A great irony of the present moment involves the return of objects long thought rallied to the will of man. As growing consensus in climate change research submits, the world presumably given to the mastery of man today returns as an alien force of material and conceptual upheaval. It is against this backdrop of rapid ecological transformation and its cultural impacts that Revenge of the Lawn is situated. As a work of speculative philo-fiction, Revenge of the Lawn surveys the horror of being “read” from the vantage of the non-human as it exists astride and yet withdraws from human melodrama and desire. In this way, Revenge of the Lawn attempts to imagine the production of the world by non-human orders to which the human is imagined as a passive servomechanism of an encroaching alien logic.
This work was produced in the Fall of 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.