WHAT WE'RE READING

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Zones and edges at the 57th Venice Biennale: Bonnie Ora Sherk’s Evolution of Life Frames: past, present, future

By: Ilaria Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

This post is not exactly about reading books, although books are present, but about reading an installation and a major art event through the lens of permaculture. The photo above is from the project Unpacking My Library at the 57th Venice Biennale. Inspired by Walter Benjiamin’s 1931 essay, this project allowed all participating artists (including dead […]

Tomorrow: Demain

Tomorrow: Demain

By: Alexandra Crosby Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

With a few recommendations, we went to the Sydney French Film Festival to see Tomorrow, a 2015 documentary by Melanie Laurent and Cyril Dion. The film presents five chapters, each telling a local activist story that addresses the global challenges of Agricultue, Energy, Economy, Democracy, and Education. Predictably, the agriculture chapter was most interesting to […]

The Mushroom at the End of the World

The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

By: Alexandra Crosby Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

We are reading this book because Anna Tsing’s book Friction had such an effect on the collaboration that is Mapping Edges. This book is about the most valuable mushroom in the world, the Matsutake, the commodity chains within which it exists, and its relationship with humans, trees and others. Through its ability to nurture trees, […]

The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

By: Alexandra Crosby Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

We read this debut novel by Briohny Doyle for our speculative fiction book club. It is set in a not-too-distant future when environmental catastrophe is completely normal and immersive cinema about disaster is the most popular entertainment. The protagonist is Max Galleon, a filmmaker and family man who can’t remember anything without his implanted digital […]

Marrickville Backyards

Marrickville Backyards

By: Alexandra Crosby Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

This book, Marrickville Backyards, was necessary preparatory reading for our field work in Marrickville. Published in 2001 by Marrickville Community History Group, with only a small print run, this book is not easy to get your hands on. We found it through Sydney’s much-loved Gould’s Book Arcade. Our second hand copy comes with a note on […]

Gluten by Jessica Barnes

Gluten by Jessica Barnes

By: Ilaria Dec 04 '17 Date: December 4, 2017 Comments: 0

We read Jessica Barnes entry ‘Gluten’ in the Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen, published by Cultural Anthropology. Barnes begins with a deceptively simple question: what does the Anthropocene taste like? This is an excellent starting point to imagine a series of material, semiotic, and sensory entanglements and assemblages generated in the Anthropocene (if we want […]

Dr. Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

Associate Professor of International Studies

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

E: Ilaria.Vanni@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 7428
ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8465

Dr. Alexandra Crosby

Lecturer, School of Design Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design, School of Design

BA (UTS) International Studies,
B. Design, PhD (International Studies)

E: Alexandra.Crosby@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 8016
ORCID: 0000-0001-8959-7971

Dr. Ilaria Vanni Accarigi

Senior Lecturer, International Studies Program Core Member, CCS - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies

BA (Hons) (UNISI), MA (UNISI), PhD (UNSW)

E: Ilaria.Vanni@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 7428
ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8465

Dr. Alexandra Crosby

Lecturer, School of Design Course Director, Interdisciplinary Design, School of Design

BA (UTS) International Studies,
B. Design, PhD (International Studies)

E: Alexandra.Crosby@uts.edu.au
P: +61 2 9514 8016
ORCID: 0000-0001-8959-7971

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