Deep shit

Clark, Nigel Halcomb and Hird, Myra (2014) Deep shit. O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, 1 (1). pp. 44-52. ISSN 2326-8344

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Abstract

This essay considers the inverse to an Anthropocene characterized as an era of human-induced loss of species and life forms on earth. The global practice of burying increasing amounts and kinds of waste in landfills precipitates the mixing of wildly heterogeneous materials, which diverse kinds of bacteria avidly metabolize. As they relentlessly feed on our detritus, bacteria both proliferate and, we suggest, diversify. However, this is not a numbers game, nor is it one which is solely or even primarily about interconnectivity, networking, and entanglement. The ontological provocation of the human waste-bacterial conjunction is the fact of our total dependence on life forms whose life-worlds and trajectories are likely to remain overwhelmingly unknown to us. If this offers a cautionary note about our own increasingly hyperbolic perturbations of the Earth’s constitutive strata, perhaps its more profound prompting is about the force of the stratifications and destratifications proper to the planet itself.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 78594
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2016 16:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2019 02:47
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/78594

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