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Lesson Plans

technology, ecology, recycling

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Lynne Hull (ecoartHulll)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 12:28:51 -0500

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Has anyone considered how art might provide a forum for envisioning how
technology could be applied to environmental problems?
I would think kids could get excited about designing equipment and
processes for dealing with env. degredation, pollution, over packaging,
etc. I've heard lectures by technocrats who assure me they can solve many
of these problems (I'm skeptical, but 20 years ago who would have thought
we could be communicating instantly world-wide ?)
Victor Papanek years ago suggested a wider view of recycling--that
"packaging" would consist of containers that would be used at the farm to
pack produce, transport it to the store, convert to the cart, carry the
groceries home, used for storage, then returned to the farm to use all over
again. Why do we think objects should have a lifespan that ends at the
landfill or that the materials have to be transformed to recycle, why not
designed for extended cyclical use? Who better to envision these processes
than young artists? How about sky scrubbers for air cleanup? strainers
for the sea? giant stackers for city growth instead of sprawl? The more
outrageous the designs, the more dialog about the issues raised!

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