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This is unbelievably inefficient as there is no communication between either party, rather only a negative feedback loop.  I believe the precarity exists in the lack of communication largely due to a desire to distance oneself from trash.  In this day and age, every company thinks they have the thing you really need.  How do they do that?  Packaging.  Think about it.  If a company just sold you their product without a label, how would you ever know what you’re getting?  Sure you could look at it, but what if it’s a knockoff?  Well. You can always check for certain distinguishable markings, or better yet, register the code on the side of the box online!  All of these little things, including the product’s key features, require a lot more space than on the product itself, plus, who would ever be caught wearing the tag?  (Unless its the sticker on a hat, but that’s different, I guess?).  Well….. Don’t worry, because you can recycle it!  Easy peasy.  But there is so much more.

What is garbage?  Garbage is the end product of something of value.  At some point in the lifecycle of an object in a consumer capitalist economy becomes zero at which point it becomes equal.  Equal to literally anything “who’s” value has officially “died”.  What do we do with things of no value?  We can’t simply keep it lying around, because in a consumer mindset, what is something valueless but a nuisance? We trash it.  Along with the rest of the trash.  A ripped t-shirt, a banana peel, tissues, food wrappers, coffee cups, and whatever else someone decides This needs to go.  So what do we do with all of our waste?  Well, that for which we see a possible future, we can recycle.  Recycling is great, is important, however, does not even begin to scratch the surface of the issue.  The main issue at hand is consumerism, however I can’t even begin to get into that yet.  But it’s ever-present.  So I think it’s important to note.  I guess I could call that precarity, for now.

“First, the only way to find things out about what happens when complex objects … is to carry out such interactions – it has to be done live, with no control sample.  Objects here should also be understood to mean processes embodied as objects, as elements in a composition.  Every element is an explosion, a passion or capacity settled temporarily into what passes for a stable state.” -(fuller 1)

The system is giant, so for now let’s start basic, with a trash chute and compactor, an invisible highway of waste.  On either side of this system are a host of people interacting with trash.  The act-ants of the system are the residents, constantly feeding the loop with new purchases, old clothes, etc.  they act with the system, and it’s maintenance crew.  The assembly of the system is a series of funnels which continue to compact waste, but require human act-ants in order to complete the assembly of the complete system.  The hard working people who are responsible for the pick up and drop off of the conspicuously dark bags filled with heavily compacted nastiness.  Each time they interact with the human, waste becomes further compiled, garbage bags of bags which are thrown into garbage bags for garbage bags of garbage.

Which brings me back around to the fundamental issue which I mentioned earlier.  At this time I but only have questions.  Is air-tight, sealed, out of sight, out of mind the best way to interact with trash?  Is it the most comfortable?  What is waste and who is responsible for creating it?  Who manufactures waste, and who is responsible for the redistribution of it?  What is mechanic about the process?  What are the physical limits of the system?

 

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~ by Miles Quinn Kilcourse on April 3, 2018.

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