Transforming representations of marine pollution. For a new understanding of the artistic qualities and social values of ghost nets

Le Roux, Geraldine (2016) Transforming representations of marine pollution. For a new understanding of the artistic qualities and social values of ghost nets. Anthrovision, 4 (1). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

In the last few years, an increasing number of texts published in environmental journals and in art magazines have addressed the “ghostnet” issue and referenced how artists in Northern Australia use discarded or abandoned nets to create art and craft items. By analysing the artistic life of the ghost nets, from the creative process to trade networks, this article provides a new perspective on marine pollution and highlights Australian Indigenous peoples' agency toward this environmental and global issue. It presents ghostnet art as a transgenerational and transcultural practice that reflects the articulation of Indigenous and Western knowledges, two systems of thought and action that are united to solve ecological, economic and cultural issues.

Item ID: 50917
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2198-6754
Keywords: Australia, Cape York, Torres Strait, Aboriginal art, marine debris, ghost nets, anthropology of waste
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Projects and Grants: University of Western Brittany (Bourse Mobilité de la DEI), University of Western Brittany (CRBC), James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 02:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950303 Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage @ 35%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 35%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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