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History Sticks to your Feet

Marcoux, Camille (2021) History Sticks to your Feet. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Marcoux, Camille

This thesis addresses current concerns around climate change and geological time through Decolonial literature, seeking responses for change through the position of a critical settler. I use a process of observation and breakdown of the non-native and highly invasive Phragmites australis found on a site located in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to think through the complexities of colonialism in the land I inhabit. The incessant remodeling of Phragmites australis paper pulp allowed me to actively think through making.
Throughout autoethnographic research, I realized that if I want change, I need to radically accept the reality I live in and address the feeling of shame that arises within me, to move beyond this paralyzing feeling. To help me through my thinking, I have supported my research with Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene by Donna Haraway, Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times by Alexis Shotwell, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada by Paulette Regan, and Decolonization is not a Metaphor by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang. I also learned that Decolonization requires more than theories: it demands concrete material change. As the journey towards Decolonial ways of being and making is far from over and as I aim to work towards concrete change beyond the studio, I use site-specific engagement and lyrical performative approaches to unsettle my work and participate in the cultural side of the process.

Date: 3 May 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decolonization, Landscape, Chthulucene, Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Geological Era, Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge, Donna Haraway, Alexis Shotwell, Ana Lowenhaupt Tsing, Paulette Regan, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 20:43
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 20:31
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3445

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