John Latham (1921-2006) drew our attention to the bings - a Scottish term for spoil heaps created from mining - of West Lothian, asking us to see them as monuments to our own time and as unconscious process sculptures. Latham also criticised aspects of contemporary education models, coining the term Mental Furniture Industry. This collage juxtaposes a collection of books on arts and ecology (the ecoartscotland library) assembled as a heap with a spoil heap in central Scotland using a ‘plan and elevation’ format. The image draws attention to the materiality of knowledge and to the potential for knowledge to become waste.
FREMANTLE, C. 2017. Ecolibrary as bing. Performance research [online], 22(1), pages 120-121. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2017.1285576