Multispecies Rituals


I presented Doing Multispecies Rituals, a side-scrolling platform game and accompanying text, at Unravelling Religion 4: Bodies and Objects at Queen’s University. In gameplay, the player navigates a series of platforms, collecting talismans that prompt her to craft a sequence of ritual sayings, knowings, or doings that implicate nonhuman life and nonlife. User rituals are catalogued on the website as a generative resource for practicing multispecies world-making. These repeat performances, I hope, will inspire better stories like Marisol de Cadena’s (2015) mountain stories, Thom van Dooren’s (2014) extinction stories, Elizabeth Povinelli’s (2016) rock stories, Anna Tsing’s (2015) mushroom stories, and millennia-worth of Indigenous stories.