Reading List

Albers, A. (1937) Working with materials.  Black Mountain College Bulletin, 5, 1938. Reprinted in College Art Journal III:2, January 1944, pp.51–54 and in Anni Albers: On Designing, 1959 and 1971. This article starts -‘Life today is very bewildering. We have no picture of it which is all-inclusive, such as former times may have had. We have to make a choice between concepts of great diversity. And as a common ground is wanting, we are baffled by them. We must find our way back to simplicity of conception in order to find ourselves. For only by simplicity can we experience meaning, and only by experiencing meaning can we become qualified for independent comprehension…’

DeSilvey, C. (2017) Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond saving. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Transporting readers from derelict homesteads to imperiled harbors, postindustrial ruins to Cold War test sites, Curated Decay presents an unparalleled provocation to conventional thinking on the conservation of cultural heritage. Caitlin DeSilvey proposes rethinking the care of certain vulnerable sites in terms of ecology and entropy, and explains how we must adopt an ethical stance that allows us to collaborate with—rather than defend against—natural processes.Curated Decay chronicles DeSilvey’s travels to places where experiments in curated ruination and creative collapse are under way, or under consideration. It uses case studies from the United States, Europe, and elsewhere to explore how objects and structures produce meaning not only in their preservation and persistence, but also in their decay and disintegration. Through accessible and engaging discussion of specific places and their stories, it traces how cultural memory is generated in encounters with ephemeral artifacts and architectures. An interdisciplinary reframing of the concept of the ruin that combines historical and philosophical depth with attentive storytelling, Curated Decay represents the first attempt to apply new theories of materiality and ecology to the concerns of critical heritage studies.

The Journal of Modern Craft, 4:1, 7-2

Gibson-Graham, J.K.  (2006) The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It) A Feminist Critique of Political Economy. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA: Blackwell   In the mid-1990s, at the height of discussion about the inevitability of capitalist globalization, J. K. Gibson-Graham presented a groundbreaking argument for envisioning alternative economies. This new edition includes an introduction in which the authors address critical responses to The End of Capitalism and outline the economic research and activism they have been engaged in since the book was first published.

Christian KrönesFlorian Weigensamer (2018) Welcome to Sodom (2018) Blackbox Films  Over 250,000 tons of electronic waste are shipped to Ghana each year to be recycled under almost apocalyptic conditions. Here, thousands of children and adults work on disassembling flat screens, telephones and laptops in the open air, in an artificial and endless landscape of trash, while others extract copper by melting old cables over an open fire. ‘Welcome to Sodom’ (which is the title of a rap song in the film) places us right in the middle of the location’s dark heart. But it is the voices of the workers that lead us around Sodom and choose the words – and the unexpected performative gestures – to describe a conditions that if infernal almost beyond description.

Miller, E. C.,  (2011) Sustainable Socialism: William Morris on Waste published in The Journal of ModernCraft,4:1,26 .  Art undeWhile William Morris has long been recognized for his
radical approach to the
problem of labor, which built on the ideas of John Ruskin and informed his contributions to the Arts and Crafts philosophy, his ideas about waste have received much less attention. This article suggests that the Kelmscott Press, which Morris founded in1891, was designed to embody the values of durability and sustainability in sharp contrast to the neophilia, disposability, and planned obsolescence of capitalist production. Many critics have dismissed the political value of Kelmscott Press on the basis of the handcrafted books’
expense and rarity, but by considering Morris’s work for Kelmscott in light of his fictional and non-fictional writings about waste around the time of the press’s conception, we can see how Kelmscott laid the groundwork for a philosophy of sustainable socialism.

Morris, W. (1915)” Collected Works of William Morris vol. XXIII :London: Longmans,180, 1

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2017) Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds (Posthumanities). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. To care can feel good, or it can feel bad. It can do good, it can oppress. But what is care? A moral obligation? A burden? A joy? Is it only human? In Matters of Care, Mar\u00eda Puig de la Bellacasa presents a powerful challenge to conventional notions of care, exploring its significance as an ethical and political obligation for thinking in the more than human worlds of technoscience and naturecultures. Matters of Care contests the view that care is something only humans do, and argues for extending to non-humans the consideration of agencies and communities that make the living web of care by considering how care circulates in the natural world.

Snaza, N., Sonu, D., Teruman, S.E. and Zaliwska (2016) Pedagogical Matters: New Materialisms  and Curriculum Studies. New York: Peter Lang. This edited collection takes up the wild and sudden surge of new materialisms in the field of curriculum studies. New materialisms shift away from the strong focus on discourse associated with the linguistic or cultural turn in theory and toward recent work in the physical and biological sciences; in doing so, they posit ontologies of becoming that re-configure our sense of what a human person is and how that person relates to the more-than-human ecologies in which it is nested. Ignited by an urgency to disrupt the dangers of anthropocentrism and systems of domination in the work of curriculum and pedagogy, this book builds upon the axiom that agency is not a uniquely human capacity but something inherent in all matter. This collection blurs the boundaries of human and non-human, animate and inanimate, to focus on webs of interrelations. Each chapter explores these questions while attending to the ethical, aesthetic, and political tasks of education-both in and out of school contexts. It is essential reading for anyone interested in feminist, queer, anti-racist, ecological, and posthumanist theories and practices of education.

The University of Maryland (Online)The kelmscott Press       
The University of Maryland (Online) William Morris; His politics  (2019) UK fashion retailers failing to commit to reduce envionmental impact