Welcome to TERA’s web collaboration. We’re happy you’re here.

This website is an outgrowth of TERA’s year-long experiment with collecting artifacts and mapping them into new taxonomic systems. As we explain in more detail here, we have been working collaboratively at the intersection of technology, ecology, religion, and art to better understand our pasts and ignite a better future for all natural organisms, humans included.

One way to use this website is to explore the artifacts on your own. Click the Information and Link tabs on each one to learn more about its context and creation. Throughout the website, we have included questions to ponder. As you think through them, we consider you a member of our digital collective: though we are removed from each other in space and time, we are connected in an ongoing thought experiment to reshape our collective future.

Another way to use this website is more structured. We designed it with university teachers and students in mind. We then vetted it with university professors who teach courses on religion and ecology. Their names appear below. With their help, we refined a series of teaching tools with suggestions about how to leverage TERA’s website for course assignments. For teachers, pay attention to the tags that structure the site: they reflect themes commonly used in syllabi so you can quickly find relevant artifacts and content for your courses. We have included secondary source citations that inspired our write ups for each artifact. The artifacts can also serve as creative illustrations of the ideas you cover in class. Students can select their own set of artifacts under the curate tab, which can be downloaded and saved or printed. This feature is meant as a starting point for your own mapping exercises in the classroom where the artifacts on this site, along with others you choose, prompt experiments in new systems of organization.

How we categorize the world structures our knowledge systems and ethical decisions. What if we refuse to accept inherited classifications as natural? What if we see ourselves as knowledge makers and shapers? We invite you to think along with us.


Christophe Alibert Design and Implementation
Mikayla Collins Logo design
Daphne Moss
Jane Calderbank
Research Assistance
Hillary Kaell Conception and Text
Judith Brunton Conception, Tag development, Text contributions
Elonda Clay Tag development

Want to cite this website? For text from the body of the website, like this page, the preferred citation is: “Name of page,” TERA collective, 2023. Accessed (date). URL. For artifact write ups, the preferred citation is: “Name of artifact,” curated by [name of TERA curator], TERA collective, 2023. Accessed (date). URL.