Composting #23: Intoxicated Ecologies (Walkshop)

Wednesday 7 March, 5-6:30 | Facilitated by Eben Kirksey | Readings: Shotwell (2016)  ‘Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times’

Toxic exposures can produce altered states of “cognition, proprioception, emotion, agitation, muscle strength, tunnel perception, joint pain, and nocturnality” in the words of Mel Chen. Such altered subjectivity has become an opportunity for those living with toxic exposure to think about bodies and affect in the context of an “unworlding” where the “normal” world’s order is lost. Intoxicated people and animals, notes Anne Pollock, can enter a state that is “impaired, yes, but also released from responsibility in particular ways that can be both dangerous and pleasurable.” We will visit a leachate pond, where industrial contaminants from the Sydney Olympic Park have produced an explosion of toxic sex: a flourishing of endangered amphibians. This toxic site is situated in a strange heterotopia: where a children’s playground shares a boundary with a prison and an army munitions depot. Our reading will focus on Alexis Shotwell’s argument Against Purity, where she considers the toxic sex of endangered amphibians in the context of endocrine disruptive chemicals. Shotwell invites us to craft less-toxic interdependent worlds while celebrating sex-changing bodies, queer behavior, and differently-abled bodies.

Intoxicated microbial video

LOCATION: Meet at the Armory Wharf Cafe
(Drone footage preview of the site here)

REQUIRED READING:

Shotwell, Alexis (2016) Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Chapter Three: “Shimmering Presences: Frog, Toad, and Toxic Interdependencies,” pages 77-106.

TIME PRESSED:

Shotwell, Alexis (2016) Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Chapter Three: “Shimmering Presences: Frog, Toad, and Toxic Interdependencies,” pages 77-106.

OPTIONAL READING:

Pollock, Anne (2016) “Queering Endocrine Disruption” in Behar, Katherine (ed.) Object Oriented Feminisms. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Chapter Seven, pages: 183-199.

Chen, Mel Y. (2012) “Toxic Worlding” in Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham: Duke University Press. Chapter Six, pages: 196-201.

Desilvey, Caitlin (2017) “Memory’s Ecologies” in Curated Decay. Durham: Duke University Press, pages 23-45.

Bateson, Mary Catherine (1994) “Turning into a Toad” in Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. pages: 127-143.

Kirksey, Eben (2015) “Hope in the Reverted Zone” in Emergent Ecologies. Durham: Duke University Press. Chapter Three, pages 36-51.

 

Header image by Eben Kirksey

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