Because When you are facing in the wrong direction, progress means walking backwards. History suggests that our world view undergoes disruptive change not so much when science adds new concepts to our cognitive toolkit, but when it takes away old ones.
Time Nothing Beside Remains A version of this paper was read aboard a coach, while returning from a municipal landfill site in Dunbar. Thanks to them, to the other speakers, and to all those that made the journey. I have been asked to say a few words on the idea of waste to pose some questions rather than provide some neat answers.
Before I say how and why I think waste has that power, a poem: I want to probe how waste comes to be resonant with significance, where a cigarette end on the street can conjure thoughts of lips and lungs and the precarious employment contracts of road-sweepers, the fabled powers of the PR industry, your schoolyard smoking spot and the late-night pleasures of other events, fantasies, memories, in ways that a yet-to-be smoked cigarette cannot.
This, I believe, is not something I necessarily create or construct, but is an emergent property of the time made and taken from waste things. If this sounds like nothing more than an entertaining riddle it may be because I want to wrestle the experience of making and encountering waste away from those who would make facts through things as if our relations with the material world was a mere matter of accurate description or methodological technique.
This rather more complicated conception of waste skews and queers how we experience the world of things.
It describes how objects of ruin and waste make strange monuments. Answers to these questions are not hard to come by. Does what remains of the statue represent an outpost of last resistance against the corrosive demands of time, or do the sands show the eroded future of those stones?
This indicates to me some of the temporal enigmas of waste — a time of false endings that renders waste both a monument to consummation and transience, a utopic trace that demonstrates the transference of information across centuries, and the dystopic dissolution of all things into the condition of dust, sand, and other inchoate particles that tell of nothing, an absolute void.
Do you feel novel or new? Does this thing emerge from the black hole of the past into the luminous clarity of the contemporary? Or are we witnessing something neither present nor absent, original nor ancient, but something that hovers in-between a set of questions and the many answers that can be made through things.
Further Reading Chapman, John. Edited by Anna Richie, — McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, We Have Never Been Modern. Edited by Charles Ciegelski, — The Archaeology of Garbage.
The Poems of Shelley Volume 2: Kelvin Everest and Geoffrey Matthews. Complete Writings of Robert Smithson. Edited by Jack Flam. Kelvin Everest and Geoffrey Matthews Harlow: Pearson,2: The Collected Writings, p.To touch, even lightly, on the relationship of a subject to his shit, is to modify not only that subject’s relationship to the totality of his body, but his very relationship to the world and to those representations that he constructs of his situation in society.
Time, of course, is inscribed within this movement; the object marks the passing of a projective time that has been structured by our use of an object. It shows time to have been within the employment of a project that evolved through an assembly of material actors, actors no longer caught up in that particular collective arrangement.
Corporeality, the physical body — also understood as a social body which progresses physically and materially by means of signs, traces or corporate indices — develops a set of signiﬁers that preclude dealing with only the explicitness of this or that byword or gesture.
Online Library of Liberty. but by his enforcement of the doctrine of natural laws regulating social no less than physical phenomena.
There is no other thinker of importance on economic subjects in France till the appearance of the physiocrats, which marks an epoch in the history of the science.
but let the laws rule,” the laws having. We have placed the titles of two of Mr. Carlyles works at the head of this article, not so much with the design of reviewing them, as to ascertain his views of the social and civil relation man holds to his fellow man,particularly that of gov- ernors to the governed.
The only physical evidence presented to the grand jury was Wilkinson's so a source of scholarly inquiry into legal history, philosophy, economic analysis. Law also raises important and complex issues concerning equality, fairness, there is an old saying that all are equal before the law, although Jonathan Swift argued that Laws are like.