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  • Lorelle VanFossen 6:41 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abstracts, , , , , , excess, , forms of excess, , , ideas, , 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 12:05 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automotive, , chemistry, , , faculty focus, , ideas, inspiration, math, nursing, price tags, , psychology, , tasks, , teaching ideas, techology   

    Clark Faculty Ideas for Garbology Projects 

    Thank you to all who attended the Garbology workshop sessions during the Faculty Focus event on September 17. It was exciting to hear all the amazing ideas in and around Garbology that instructors are considering for their courses this year and next.

    Price tags from coffee mugs as art - Clark College Faculty Focus Collaborative Art.

    Price tags from mugs and cups became artwork – Collaborative art project with hosts of Clark Collage Faculty Focus Day

    Here are some examples:

    • Chemistry: Determine the gases like methane and heat in a landfill and calculate what it would take to set it on fire or cause an explosion.
    • Automotive: Increase student awareness of oils and toxic chemicals and metals in engines and the fact that Pacific Northwest orcas are dying from runoff from parking lots and brake pads and car washes, noting that the local Kaddy Car Wash facilities recycle their water.
    • Acting/Theater: They will be doing a 24 hour theater project from concept to production with an emphasis on garbology this year.
    • World Languages: Various uses of garbage around the world and their efforts.
    • Human Development: Career choices in garbage, trash, and their passion for garbage learned in classes using Garbology data and projects.
    • Nursing: Teaching students about the vast quantities of waste generated in hospital and care facilities, learning why as well as where it comes from and where it goes, and how they can help change the system.
    • Nursing: Soliciting hospitals and medical facilities for past expiration date products for student training use, then recycling or properly disposing of the materials so the hospitals can reduce their trash handling costs.
    • Math: Teaching students to read charts, graphics, and understand statistics.
    • Math: Using math, symbols, and English metaphors to represent the statistics and numbers such as “One out of every six big trucks in the US is a garbage truck. Their yearly loads would fill a line of trucks stretching halfway to the moon.”
    • Math and Science: Research the timeline from the data from the book to study the evolution and cultural development of garbage.
    • English: There were many ideas on metaphors, similes, comparative analysis, research, and argument possible with garbology.
    • Business: Incorporating the moral and ethical practices of waste management related to office papers, chemicals, etc., as well as exploring the economy and industry of trash.
    • ESL: Encourage students to share the story of trash and recycling from their countries and cultures.
    • Computer Technology: Not every class will find a connection, and web technologies is a difficult one, though some of the instructors are exploring the subject of e-waste, which represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills and equals 70% of overall toxic waste. And the WordPress class will be helping with the campus-wide sites supporting faculty and students on the subject.
    • Psychology: Hoarding, OCD, and other compulsive disorders that revolve around trash and cleanliness are being considered.
    • Sociology: The culture around our trash opened up many possibilities to explore.
    • Art History: Not just the history of using garbage and “found objects” in art, but the use of garbage as inspiration and creation.
    • Graphic Design: Garbage in art and garbage art, and influence of design in packaging, including recycling materials in products and packaging.

    These are just the tip of the landfill of ideas that came out during the four sessions and throughout the day. We’d love to have you share your ideas here or on the other posts labeled “Discussion.”

  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:30 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bees, campaigns, cell phones, cleanup, do something, garbage campaigns, ideas, parties, , , social, trash campaigns, youth   

    Inspired by DoSomething.org Trash Campaigns 

    Do Something is a non-profit organization designed to work with young people to inspire and motivate them to social change and activism. There are about 2.8 million members participating in cause-based campaigns.

    Collection of images from Do Something campaigns on garbage and recycling activities.

    Many of their campaigns are associated with garbology. These might inspire you to involve your class in Do Something campaign or create their own with Do Something as a platform for their garbology projects.

    You never know where an idea may come from and Do Something kids have some great ones.

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