It wasn’t long before someone coined the term ‘City of Clutter’ to refer to the state of Hull this year. It even has a facebook page dedicated to it! Its aim is to “welcome the tourists to the City of Clutter 2017”. Ah, Northern humour at its finest.
Or, a sort-of review of Dara Blumenthal’s Little Vast Rooms of Undoing.
We’ve come a long way from the 19th century body snatching. Or have we?
Tonight, I had the pleasure of attending the private preview of the City of Culture’s SKIN exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. This is an event that has been in the works for a long time, and incorporates artwork from Lucian Freud, Ron Mueck and Spencer Tunick.
Throughout the ages, there have been many interpretations of the crucifix, from more traditional representations of the Stations of the Cross to abstract artwork, film and literature. From Michelangelo and Raphael to Salvidor Dali and Marcus Reichert to Damien Hirst and even comic strips like “the coyote gospel”, images have become more and more abstract. But how many of these incorporate our modern ideas of recycling? It’s not probably two things you might put together, but thanks to the work of Gunther Von Hagen, it’s all I can think about today.
The Real Junk Food Project – what an amazing project! Everyone needs to know about this, so we can get it spreading to every city in the UK.
So… I’m pretty passionate about two things: the waste problem in the Western world, and food. So, when it comes to FOOD WASTE – I go a little crazy.
A couple of months ago, I was horrified to be woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone (or some people) going through the bins for my block of flats. A strange thought came into my head: I am being robbed! That rubbish is mine! Somehow, even though the matter in question was rubbish, I still felt somehow possessive over it. Why is this? Is it justified?
Hitchcock’s Vegetarian Restaurant – possibly one of the best places to eat in Hull?
If you are coming to Hull for City of Culture events, or you’re a born and bred Hullensian like me, and want to get some decent grub in town – look no further than Hitchcock’s Vegetarian Restaurant on Bishop Lane, High Street.
What is the future of international lecturing? Well, at the NECAH and Heritage Consortium residential in March 2017, one session defied the limits of geography.
The interesting talk, led by Dr Devin Hunter, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Springfield, was conducted through a webinar. Webinar? A skype talk, to you and me.
I have started my research into a thesis chapter on Energy Recover as a way to manage waste, through the lens of American Literature. As I have started looking into books about the recovery of energy, whether this is violent or not, I have been overwhelmed by one thing: it seems to be that the literary representation of energy recovery does not centre around the possible energy recovery that the EPA desires, but an image of a postapocalyptic world which has run out of fuel. Therefore, the energy recovery is translated to finding an alternative fuel from waste, rather than using waste to generate energy, and thereby increasing its usefulness. Now, my aim in my research is to avoid a chapter on petrofiction (despite how fascinating it is, and having completed a up-and-coming module on it at Warwick University under Graeme Macdonald). This is only because petrofiction is only partly relevant to the matter of energy recovery from waste.