Tag: aesthetics

Miss Tampon Liberty

guestauth0r , June 15th, 2021

In the 1980s, when menstruation was generally considered taboo, artist Jay Critchley made art out of discarded plastic tampon applicators washed up and collected on local beaches. With…

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Call for Posts: Imaging Nature

colinhoag , April 8th, 2021

“The Blue Marble,” by NASA/Apollo 17 Crew. Public domain. Modified by Colin Hoag. Environmental humanists and environmental scientists labor over images—their production, their disseminati…


The Nature of the Copy

Richard Fadok , April 2nd, 2019

From the dead center of an all-white eye, a lone sapling rose two feet tall. Cyclical ridges and valleys, etched in bioplastic by an unseen watchmaker, encircled the…


Exploring multiplicity: Photographing and blogging as method

mxschnepf , June 25th, 2018

Partial truths: Blogging as research method – What do our methods actually do if they cannot depict reality as it is? This is not a new question in…


Consider the Vulture: An Ethical Approach to Roadkill

guestauth0r , December 4th, 2017

By Jonathan L. Clark Roadkill is disgusting. Many people just want it removed from the roads as quickly as possible, and they don’t care where it goes. In…

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Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

guestauth0r , November 6th, 2017

Neighborhoods with median annual incomes below US$25,000 were nearly 2 decibels louder than neighborhoods with incomes above $100,000 per year. And nationwide, communities with 75 percent black reside…

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How subversive artists made thrift shopping cool

guestauth0r , October 9th, 2017

Over the past 100 years, visual artists probably deserve the most credit for thrift shopping’s place in the cultural milieu.

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For a true war on waste, the fashion industry must spend more on research

guestauth0r , October 2nd, 2017

These are admirable initiatives, but they only reduce wastage or delay garments from ending up in landfill. They do not address the fact that the scale of fast…

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CFP: Muddied Waters: Decomposing the Anthropocene

Max Liboiron , September 4th, 2017

For its seventh issue, Pivot is calling for papers that not only critically address the Anthropocene as our current geological epoch but, in doing so, attend to pertinent questions concerning…

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the congo dandies

zephyrin_xirdal , July 29th, 2017

  Description by RT Documentaries: ““La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have…

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Pristine paradise to rubbish dump: the same Pacific island, 23 years apart

guestauth0r , July 17th, 2017

Remember, this is not waste that was dumped directly by human hands. It was washed here on ocean currents, meaning that this is not just about one beach…

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Reorganized Organ: youth mentorship project

Josh Lepawsky , June 6th, 2017

Are you an artist, musician, hacker, tinkerer, or generally a curious person, between 18 and 24 years?

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Sonic Breakdown, Extinction and Memory

guestauth0r , May 1st, 2017

by Lina Dib Originally published in continent 6(1) CC BY 2.0 DOWNLOAD PDF (https://soundcloud.com/continent/lina-dib-sonic-breakdown-extinction-and-memory) This soundtrack features sounds of environme…

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Audiovisual research practice in the global era

Paloma Yáñez Serrano , April 17th, 2017

Time has shortened, space has shrunk, social relations have stretched and information keeps coming as intensive flows. This article explores the role audiovisual media has in reshaping time…


CFP: Technical Landscapes: Aesthetics and the Environment in the History of Science and Art

Alex Zahara , December 8th, 2016

The conference will address ‘technical lands’, sites where global knowledge practices and aesthetic categories have converged to literally transform the physical geography of the land. Harvard, April…

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Drawing the Invisible: An interview with the illustrator for the Radiation Monitoring Project

Max Liboiron , May 9th, 2016

Communicating invisible threats is an area of interest in discard studies because it requires distilling and articulating the ideas that matter most in our concepts of contamination and…

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CFP: Living and Dying with “Waste Infrastructure”: Affect and Practicalities (AAA)

guestauth0r , March 24th, 2016

This panel takes seriously the way of living or dying near the waste infrastructure, showing explicitly ethnographic inquiries of despair, anxiety, hope, and sense of purity, safety, and…

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Article Alert! Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics

Josh Lepawsky , January 19th, 2016

From the specific case of marine plastics, Liboiron’s paper offers a more general point that those of us who study discards need to remember to take seriously: How…

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Article Alert! Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime

Max Liboiron , August 14th, 2015

“”During the first hour spent in houses with suspected indoor air-quality issues, I would slowly develop an ache in the back of my eyes, which would with time…

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Designing for the Future at Giant Mine

Arn , July 20th, 2015

How do you communicate permanent pollution and toxicity to future generations? We held workshops with community members in Yellowknife and Dettah to make models about they would communicate…

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minecraft photo realism

zephyrin_xirdal , November 30th, 2014

Look at what you can make out of ‘Minecraft.’ Just look at it.     Neither the idea nor the mods necessary are by me—I just went some…

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打酱油 | Digital folklore & Tumblr as a research tool

Gabriele , November 5th, 2014

What the notebook adds to this strategy of alliance with the fetishism of commodities, however, is that the very instrument of research is a fetish. In English we…

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Ethnographic writing, poetics, and sensory sensemaking

Alex K. Gearin , May 20th, 2014

“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all” ~ Oscar Wilde Recently I came to realise…

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#Instalife: How Instagram redefines the meaning and practice of photography

puellaludens , May 7th, 2013

Instagram is a social, mobile photography app. They have 100 million monthly active users, and 40 million Instagram photos are posted per day. Purchased by the leviathan of…

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