“The Era of Antibiotics” by Robert A. Thom, 1950s.

Petri Dish


Waste-Wilderness: A Conversation between Peter Galison and Smudge Studio

Paris Underground. Photo: Hugo Clément.

Questions arising from discards and ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’

Nimbus II, 2012. By Berndnaut Smilde.

A Taxonomy of Unformed Objects

Image from The Funambulist by Léopold Lambert.

A Review of Infrapolitics: The Social Life of Water in Mumbai

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Article alert- Undocumented migration, use wear, and the materiality of habitual suffering in the Sonoran Desert

From the "Remnants After the Storm" series by Wyatt Gallery. http://www.wyattgallery.com

The visual culture of post-disaster high water marks

"Dust" by Michael Marder. "No matter how much you fight against it, dust pervades everything. It gathers in even layers, adapting to the contours of things and marking the passage of time. In itself, it is also a gathering place, a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, a catalog of traces and a set of promises: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers, not to mention dust mites who make it their home. And so, dust blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, plant and animal matter, the inside and the outside, you and the world (“for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”). This book treats one of the most mundane and familiar phenomena, showing how it can provide a key to thinking about existence, community, and justice today."

Object Lessons

Research team sniffs the mulch. Different ages of compost smell very differently.

The Decompository at the Arnold Arboretum

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Ruin Memories Portfolio online


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