Séminaire Deuxième Vie des Objets, Jane Hutton, Inexhaustible terrain: Guano from the Chincha Islands, Peru, to Central Park, 1962
séance 17 février 17h-18h30
Séance en ligne et en anglais (Participation libre inscription obligatoire)
Séance avec Jane Hutton, Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Titre: Inexhaustible terrain: Guano from the Chincha Islands, Peru, to Central Park, 1962
Discutante: Livia Cahn, anthropologue urbaine, Université de Saint Louis, Belgique
Résumé de la présentation: In the book project, Reciprocal Landscapes: stories of material movements, I followed five landscape materials from their origin landscapes to the well-known New York City public landscapes where they ended up. The first of these is a story about guano, (bird excrement fertilizer), used in very small amounts in the meadows of Central Park in the 1860s, that was extracted from the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru. This material flow reflects the globalizing metabolic circuits of the late 19th century and their connection to industrializing agriculture, urban expansion, the stolen lives of people through slavery, and the exhaustion of soil fertility.