Project: Waste cycling, an essential tool for accomplishing sustainability, has several forms:
Biodegradable material is chemically transformed (e.g. composting dinner scraps).
Non-biodegradable material is chemically or physically transformed (e.g. re-smelting aluminum cans).
Material is burned, releasing energy from molecular bonds, for heating, cooking, lighting, or powering machinery (e.g. using old cooking oil to create biodiesel fuel).
Apply one of these waste cycling procedures to any material you would otherwise have discarded. Then continue the cycling process by applying a different waste cycling regimen to the product of your first cycling effort.
Research / Discussion: The artists discussed in this section represent two aspects of the waste-cycling scenario:
Gelitin, Haacke, and Ngo focus on the recycling process.
Hundertwasser, Lee, and Superflex focus on the use of the waste after it has been recycled.
In addition, these artists represent two artistic goals related to sustainability:
Which artists focus on the physical changes that the artwork conducts?
Which artists focus on the psychological and behavioral changes that the artwork influences?
Which approach do you believe is more likely to contribute to sustainability of the culture?