NESL Study Guide – Newtown Creek

NESL Species Study list for Newtown Creek Plank Road

Walks on Saturday, 4pm and 5:30pm

Chance Ecologies

callery pear (ripening)
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curly dock
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black locust
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queen anne’s lace
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sweet clover
Yellow Sweet Clover Seed pods

wild garlic
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buckthorn plantain
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downy brome
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sticky bedstraw
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hedge bindweed
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horseweed
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annual fleabane
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cinquefoil
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red clover
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St. John’s Wort
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bittersweet nightshade
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NOTES: Producing Waste/Producing Space Conference at Princeton University

Mariana Mogilveich

Katamari Damacy – Video Game

“Urban Metabolism”

Urban Waste as Raw Material

Curt Gambetta

Waste facilities disengage from City & fortify themselves

“Waste remains an unruly substance.”

“Culturally, socially, materially leaky”

Perfume Barrier – McCarty Landfill, Houston

Max Liboiron

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

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Robin Nagle

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

Analytic Satire

Discussion

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

Overthrow Capitalism

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?

WASTELANDS

Vittoria DiPalma

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.

Lindsey Dillon

Industrial Wastelands

Cleanup is impossible but only way forward offered.

“Slow violence”

Damon Rich

Sol Lewinsky – Where do “publics” come from?

Popular Education – Using people’s esixting knowledge

Jane Jacobs

Emotion <-> Aesthetics

OBSOLESCENCE

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)

Waste(lands) / Junk(space)

Capture

“The Wild, Secret Life of New York City” by Brandon Keim

“We are in the habit of seeing untended nature as a sort of blankness, awaiting human work to fill it. It’s right there in the name: vacant lot. A place where spontaneous life is invisible, or at best considered so many weeds, the term used to lump together and dismiss what thrives in spite of our preferences.”

 

This Is Criminal Podcast: “He’s Neutral”

About a traffic island turned dump turned Buddhist shrine….

“Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police on drug dealers or sex workers. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands.”

 

Producing Waste / Producing Space event at Princeton

“This symposium brings together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted.”