What do we mean when we talk about waste? Bodily waste such as human and animal urine has long been a resource material for biomedical pharmaceuticals whilst practicalities like repair, adaptation or reuse of material culture have also been concerns of physical science throughout history. Industrial slaughterhouses have perfected ways to recycle all the biological materials of industrial animals including methane, bones and fecal matter for biodiesel, glue and cosmetics. Architecture too has turned it's attention in recent years to innovating materials that may otherwise be discarded. With these examples in mind participants are invited to explore expanded definitions of waste. Beyond conventional notions of trash; climate conscious tropes like sustainability and processes that extend the life of material resources; the working group will also explore the potential of discarded materials in the context of research. We will look to the work of researchers, artists, poets and filmmakers who are committed to acts of creative salvage; incorporating discarded material into their own published works. The working group revolves around questions such as - What kinds of creativity are involved in working with waste? How do we archive, improvise, share, and reactivate waste materials? What are the historical legacies of working with waste in the context of different disciplines and how do attitudes to waste shape infrastructures and norms?
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