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  • janetteclay 10:35 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash Film Contest 

    Check out the 5 films that were chosen in Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash Film Contest. What do you think about these films, and how do they inspire you to think about waste?

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  • Lorelle VanFossen 6:41 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abstracts, , , , , , excess, , forms of excess, , , , , literature, , , , workshop   

    Call for Abstracts on Forms of Excess in Post-1960 Art, Film, and Literature 

    Discard Studies announced a call for abstracts on the topic of “Forms of Excess in Post-1960 Art, Film, and Literature” for the University of York in the UK with a February 2015 deadline, followed up with a special event workshop and exhibits.

    This appears to be an open request, and it comes with some interesting topic ideas, many of which may apply to our Garbology campus and classroom projects.

    Visual art, film, and literature since 1960 has been marked by leftovers, repetitions, and time lags, despite emerging in a climate of accelerated technological development and the erasure of leisure time. From artworks that incorporate the trash and detritus of consumerist excess to novels and films that indulge in narrative ‘time-wasting,’ the cultural production of the last fifty years has revelled in the wasteful and excessive. This event asks: what are the aesthetics of excess? What are its material, temporal and figurative manifestations? Is artistic time-wasting a radical form of resistance to the capitalist imperative to be productive? Or do art’s glorious expenditures reinforce aesthetic hierarchies that privilege ‘difficulty’? We invite 20-minute papers from postgraduates and early-career researchers that engage with waste and excess in post-1960 art, literature, and film. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Narrative: digressions; footnotes and marginalia; listing; repetition; the non-event; the filler; reality effects
    • Queer theory: the concept of the queer subject as embodying non-(re)productivity; queer temporalities; drag and camp as recycling
    • The body: labour; time-wasting and protest
    • Feminism: the gendered dynamics of lack and excess
    • Economic surplus: abstraction; financial markets; concepts of utility and value
    • Digital waste: big data; information overload; archive fever
    • Cold War politics: nuclear waste; abundance and wasting as critical tactics
 
  • Lorelle VanFossen 12:25 pm on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ecology, economy, environment, global wildlife, habitat, human footprint, , , wildlife, world news   

    52% of Wildlife Stepped On by Human Footprint 

    The news rocked many people’s world this week when it was announced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that an estimated 52% of all wildlife on Earth has been lost in the past 40 years. CNN reported:

    The world’s animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.

    The World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said the trend could cost the world billions in economic losses.

    Humans need one and a half Earths to sustain their current demands, it said.

    The index, which draws on research around WWF’s database of 3,000 animal species, is released every two years. This year’s has the starkest warning yet of the risks associated with the decline of wildlife.

    The fund notes that it’s relying on a never-before-used methodology in this year’s report, “which aims to be more representative of global biodiversity.”

    The index showed shows a 52% decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than earlier estimates of 30%. It is due to people killing too many animals for food and destroying their habitats.

    “We are eating into our natural capital, making it more difficult to sustain the needs of future generations,” the report said.

    The research is still being debated, but their numbers are meant to frighten.

    • 52% decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than the 30% originally estimated
    • 76% of freshwater wildlife have disappeared
    • 39% decline of marine species and animals living on land
    • Central and South America shows the largest regional decline at 83%
    • Economic losses estimated up to $428 billion by 2050

    This issue is one complicated by human impact. Global warming, over-consumption, garbage, pollution, the list is long. They refer to this as the human footprint.

    This year’s project is dedicated to garbage, and garbage is part of the equation.

    Marco Lambertini, director general at WWF International, said in a statement. “Heads of state need to start thinking globally; businesses and consumers need to stop behaving as if we live in a limitless world.”

    The WWF recommends at the end of the report:

    1. Accelerate shift to smarter food and energy production
    2. Reduce ecological footprint through responsible consumption at the personal, corporate and government levels
    3. Value natural capital as a cornerstone of policy and development decisions

    For more information on this report and related materials:

     
  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:09 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: announcements, , book club meetings, , garbology book club, ,   

    Garbology Book Club Meetings Schedule 

    The Clark College Garbology Book Club will meet on Fridays from 12-1:30PM in the Cannell Library (LIB 101). It is open to faculty and students.

    Dates are:

    • Oct. 17
    • Nov. 21
    • Jan. 16
    • Feb. 20
    • April 17
    • May 15
     
  • Lorelle VanFossen 10:36 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Event: Let’s Talk Trash Series at Portland Art Museum 

    The Portland Art Museum is hosting the Let’s Talk Trash series beginning at 7PM on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the Museum in the Whitsell Auditorium.

    Oregon Metro is working with local filmmakers to develop short films related to garbage including the life cycle of garbage, where does it go when you are done with it, technology’s impact on garbage, and why we even need garbage or garbage handling. The top prize is $500 and the audience at this gala event will watch the short films and help pick the winner.

    Here is more information on the film contest.

     
  • Lorelle VanFossen 1:27 am on June 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: author, conference, edward humes, , , garbology book, , , pdx, speaking,   

    Author Edward Humes Bringing Garbology Talk to PDX 

    July 10-11, “Garbology” author, Edward Humes, will be speaking at the PDX Metropolitan Group’s Let’s Talk Trash event.

    The event brings together thought leaders and experts from among the city garbage management services including industry stakeholders, community partners, and community members.

    It would be great to have Clark College represented at the event, or at least someone participating and bringing back information for our project.

     
    • rhughesatctec 10:11 pm on June 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Outstanding! I couldn’t find too many details here. Unfortunately have something on the calendar already

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