The Mill

The Mill

Edited by Jesse Birch and Will Holder

Distributed for Sternberg Press




The Mill is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art and writing. This volume responds to forestry: a mobile industry of logging camps that follow the trees; prices that rise and fall; mills that open and close; communities that boom and bust. In The Mill, artworks are accompanied by a multiplicity of voices, including forestry workers, plant ecologists, and indigenous land stewards. Together, these perspectives chart the cultural and material shifts brought about when trees become commodities.

Expanded from two contemporary art exhibitions, Silva Part I: O Horizon and Silva Part II: Booming Grounds, The Mill examines forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, while considering both local sites and forms of cultural expression that surround international forestry practices.


$24.00 T ISBN: 9783956794933 144 pp. | 5.5 in x 11.75 in 35 color illus., 95 b&w illus.

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Jesse Birch

Jesse Birch is the curator at Nanaimo Art Gallery. He has produced numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally, published widely, and taught in the Critical + Cultural Studies program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Will Holder

Will Holder is a typographer whose work is informed by an ongoing study of song and musicmaking as a coauthored process and the editor and publisher of F. R. DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing.