Comp 2: Bad Collections

Bad Collections, students will investigate ways that the causes and consequences of global Climate Change are simultaneously psychological and environmental. In their first unit poster projects students will illustrate sites of extreme accumulation such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Tire Graveyard in Kuwait, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada in order to grasp the scale of environmental devastation humans cause. Because the scale of the sites students illustrate in their first project is almost too huge to communicate, we will spend the second unit analyzing imagery from fictional texts such as Vik Muniz’s Wasteland, Disney’s WALL-E, and J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World.  In order to describe the effects of mass consumption and practice narrative techniques, students will compose their own fictional stories about living in the midst of tremendous waste. Finally, students will reflect on the objects they consume and accumulate in a first-person, video narrative. Through a collaboration with SLS, I hope students can contribute the final video essays they film on the waste that their own personal collections produce to the Climate Stories of Georgia Project. This course aims to help students develop practices consistent with their roles as responsible members of local, national, and international communities, while also being able to identify relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems.