A Provocation

Waste is often considered to be the process of making the visible invisible. For example, if I throw away a carrot I make it invisible, it ‘disappears’. But if waste is the production of the invisible then it cannot be invisibility itself, if a carrot disappears it is because it has entered a script; it becomes an end that is narrated. Bruno Latour writes, “objects appear associable with one another and with social ties momentarily.” To narrate ends is to make momentary associations and social ties knowable, scripted. To figure waste in a script is not to produce visibility or invisibility but, instead, to produce a certain sort of time, a waste-time. This time is the structure of narrative itself – a narrative time – ordered by the waste material it represents.

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