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If Discards Kept Travel Journals: Synthetic Collective and Discard Studies

November 18, 2019

Note the time on this event changed from noon – 1 p.m. It is now 3 p.m – 4 p.m.


Follow the routes of the materials, think beyond the lifespan of the discard bin—where does waste go? How is it tended to after the act of discarding?

Join Kristy Robertson and Kelly Jazvac to discuss their work as part of Synthetic Collective. Josh Lepawsky will also talk about the field of Discard Studies and his ongoing research project, Reassembling Rubbish.

Synthetic Collective is an interdisciplinary collaboration between visual artists, cultural workers and scientists. They work together to sample, map, understand and visualize the complexities of plastics and micro-plastics pollution in the Great Lakes Region. They believe that when artists and scientists work together in rigorous collaboration they open up possibilities for synthesizing different modes of knowledge. This is crucial for understanding complex questions about the pervasiveness of plastic, a material we both depend on and resist.

For over a decade, Kelly Jazvac has made artworks from plastic waste salvaged from the advertising industry. She is also a founding member of The Synthetic Collective.

Josh Lepawsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lepawsky researches the geographies of modern waste.

This event is part of a public programming series for With All Things Considered, an exhibition featuring the works of Leanne Olson, the first Artist in Residence at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery

With All Things Considered and its public program series has been assisted by the Province of Alberta through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, its arts funding agency.

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Event Details

Date November 18, 2019
Start Time 3:00 p.m.
End Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Mitchell Art Gallery
Room 11-157
Allard Hall
11110 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Carolyn Jervis
Contact Phone 780-497-4424
Contact Email