Cabinet #48 – Trees


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  • Cabinet Magazine
  • Winter 2012/13
  • ISBN 9781932698473
  • 112 pages
  • 25 × 20 × 0.7 cm

Among the largest and longest-lived of all terrestrial organisms, trees are not just an integral part of the planet’s ecology, but are also a key resource in the development of civilization and a ubiquitous cultural metaphor, used to describe everything from the organization of knowledge to the structures of genetics and genealogy. Cabinet 48 features Arthur Fleming on the demise of the loneliest tree in the world; Dan Handel on Dietrich Brandis and colonial forest management in India; James Trainor on how the woods have reclaimed James Pierce’s environmental artwork on Pratt Farm in Maine; and an art project by John Stoney. Elsewhere in the issue: Brian Dillon on the photographs that inspired the fantastical marine illustrations of nineteenth-century naturalist Philip Henry Gosse; Anthony Acciavatti on psychorheology, a science developed in the late 1930s to explore the psychological ramifications of tactile experience; and an interview with a member of the FBI Art Crime Team.


  • Colors / Rose
    Lisa Robertson
    A carnal becoming
  • Legend / Stockholm Syndrome Sonnet
    Wayne Koestenbaum
    Twin speak
  • Ingestion / The Psychorheology of Everyday Life
    Anthony Acciavatti
    Machines for measuring food texture
  • Leftovers / The Incorruptibles
    Jeffrey Kastner
    Tales from the crypts


  • Seashell Sound
    Stefan Helmreich
    Echoing ocean, vibrating air, brute blood
  • Aquarius in Question
    William Firebrace
    Heinz Sellner, Philippe Tailliez, and the dream of the deep
  • Black Glass
    D. Graham Burnett
    Eye, phone
  • Shaved Heads, Snipped Tubes, Imperial Marines, and Dope Fiends
    George Pendle
    The fall and rise and fall of Chuck Dederich and Synanon
  • Jubrique ♥ Cabinet
    Jonathan Allen
    The love affair continues


  • Into the Woods
    Dan Handel
    Dietrich Brandis and the birth of modern forestry
  • Artist Project / A Dark Forest
    John Stoney
  • Strategic Arborealism
    Jonathan Allen
    Hidden in plain sight
  • Giving Back
    Yara Flores
    Ask not what the tree can do for you
  • The Living Lighthouse
    Janet Connelly
    The loneliest tree
  • Up a Tree
    Joel Smith
    A bunch of nuts
  • Trees of New York
    Benjamin Swett
    Deeply rooted
  • Old Growth
    James Trainor
    The lost landscape of James Pierce’s Pratt Farm
  • Dream House
    Paul Maliszewski
    The maple at Matibo, or, the maple at Ratibor


  • Bookmark / The Money Tree (Core Sample)
  • Postcard / The Charm of the Bourgeois Tree