Katamari Damacy – Video Game
Urban Waste as Raw Material
Waste facilities disengage from City & fortify themselves
“Waste remains an unruly substance.”
“Culturally, socially, materially leaky”
Perfume Barrier – McCarty Landfill, Houston
Clarify & Define definitions of Waste
You Cannot Do Discard Studies Intuitively
Fraction of 3% Municipal Waste is Household Waste
Industrial Waste – 97%, mostly mining
Waste as Metaphor
Waste as profit generator – Invented 1956 by Lloyd Stouffer
Dead Horse Bay – Remnants of People who were displaced from Sunset Park by Robert Moses
Latour – Objects have Agency
Archaeology of the Contemporary Past
Samantha McBride – Recycling Reconsidered
Museum of Waste
Capital / Ecology / Sovereignty
Trans-natural, Porosity, Seepage
Museum – Spectacle
– Experiment with Production of Knowledge
ML – Call for Definitional Precision
What is the educational system for?
Who Governs the Ocean?
“We are lettered parasites…who have… disciplined hinterlands” – Vera Candiani
ML – Impossible Problems –> Changing Business as Usual
You need: Collaboration –> Compendium (vocabulary)
Methodology should no be based on metaphor
Theory of Scale and Power
RN – “It cannot stay inside the academy otherwise we are only talking to ourselves”
How do you do a research question with other people?
Don’t use metaphor as a case study. What can this metaphor do/not do? How are we wielding it? Where does the metaphor stop?
Early Biblical Texts: Weston – Wilderness (primitive) – Wastland (despoiled proof of devine censure, place of salvation by transforming to a garden)
SWAMP – visceral disgust, science/technology, increase usefulness & mitigate contamination
MOUNTAIN – fear, repulsion, fascination, attraction – sublime
FOREST – moral disgust, gardening, redemption
FENS = Wetlands
We have the same reactions as our ancestors to wastelands.
Use visceral disgust –> Action
Moral –> Hold polluters accountable
Redemption –> Art *** Can sanction contempolation rather than engagement
Love grows from intimate knowledge.
Wastland does not inspire love.
Cleanup is impossible but only way forward offered.
Sol Lewinsky – Where do “publics” come from?
Popular Education – Using people’s esixting knowledge
Emotion <-> Aesthetics
Infrastructure – Conceptualized as layers, each resting on each other
Possibility of Radical Ethics around contraction (of economy) in relationship to artist’s work
Great Depression – Pausing of suburban expansion, looking inward
Problem underlying urbanism
Sanitary City –> Toxic City (w/ local inflections)