|Posterized photo: Boston Industrial Sunset by Jean Stimmell ©2011|
|A Tumor on Tradition Jean Stimmell ©2011|
"Let us define two things and clearly distinguish them from one another," Michel Serres writes, "first the hard [pollutants], and second the soft. By the first I mean on the one hand solid residues, liquid gases, emitted throughout the atmosphere by big industrial companies or gigantic garbage dumps, the shameful signature of big cities. By the second, tsunamis of writings, signs, images, and logos flooding rural, civic, public and natural spaces as well as landscapes with their advertising. Even though different in terms of energy, garbage and marks nevertheless result from the same soiling gesture, from the same intention to appropriate, and are of animal origin."To check out Michel Serres landmark book, click here: Malfeasance: Appropriation Through Pollution?