Thank you for your reflexive and interesting sketch.
You state that you are “unaware of the scholars’ origins and would argue that googling their ethical background for this sketch could potentially reinforce stereotypes.” This is an important point and something I am also currently reflecting over.
One way this can be addressed that I have come across to identify authors as they identify themselves, which then also implies leaving them “unmarked” where there is little to find on their own identification.
In Pollution is Colonialism (2021, p. 3-4) Max Liboiron (Michif-settler, they/she) puts it this way in one long footnote:
“It is common to introduce Indigenous authors with their nation/affiliation, while settler and white scholars almost always remain unmarked, like “Lloyd Stouffer.” This unmarking is one act among many that re-centres settlers and whiteness as an unexceptional norm, while deviations have to be marked and named. Simone de Beauvoir (French) called this positionality both “positive and the neutral, as is indicated by the common use of man to designate human beings in general.” Not cool. This led me to a methodological dilemma. Do I mark everyone? No one? I thought about just leaving it, because this is difficult and even uncomfortable to figure out, but since this is a methods text I figured I should shit or get off the pot. [...]
In light of this complex terrain, my imperfect methodological decision has been to identify all authors the way they identify themselves (thank you to everyone who does this!) the first time they appear in a chapter. If an author does not introduce themselves or their land relations, I mark them as “unmarked.” [...]
I take up this method so we, as users of texts, can understand where authors are speaking from, what ground they stand on, whom their obligations are to, what forms of sovereignty are being leveraged, what structures of privilege the settler state affords, and how we are related so that our obligations to one another as speaker and listener, writer and audience, can be specific enough to enact obligations to one another, a key goal of this text. How has colonialism affected us differently? Introducing yourself is part of ethics and obligation, not punishment. Following Marisa Duarte’s (Yaqui) example in Network Sovereignty, I simply introduce people in this way by using parentheses after the first time their name is mentioned. Duarte, Network Sovereignty."
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this at the workshop!
Might it be possible for people to collaborate without knowing it? Like having different people at different nodes (plateaus?) in the infrastructure that remain invisible yet are indispensible to the functioning of the infrastructure and are necessary for someone else to do their job? I'm reminded here of Mary Gray's concept of 'Ghost Work', all those people employed by Amazon's Mechanical Turk et al. who tweak AI algorithms and do menial, behind-the-scenes labor to make it seem like AI functions seamlessly and smoothly.
Thanks for coming along today to Sketch 5. For anyone who is unable to acccess Google or YouTube I have sent alternative clips.
Here is the list of the books I showed and a few more:
For the Palgrave Pivot series:
For storytelling/journalistic/portraiture imagery:
Working with artists:
For objects and ephemera:
Also you may like these books:
And these artists:
Stefanie Posavec and David McCandeless,
Laura Watts' and her book Sagas, and the inspiration that Laura chose to inspure the designer was the Vikings title sequence:
and inspiration was:
Hi Tim, thanks for sharing these evocative images of nurdles and the forms of citizen science that goes into their mapping and collection. This work reminds of the data collection techniques and protocols that have been established by Dr. Max Liboiron and the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR). Baby Legs, perhaps the most well-known open source, "low-tech" apparatus and protocol established by CLEAR demonstrates not only the methods by which Baby Legs is put into action, but further establishes an open archival approach to documenting the process. For Liboiron and members of CLEAR, this collaborative process of research and documentation is inextricably woven into their protocols as feminist and anti-colonial scientists as well as for engaging citizen-scientists and the public at large.
If your book was a publisher that enabled you to brief a designer, what 2-3 lines of text would you send them as a brief? How might these images inspire both the chose of image and text/typography? What keywords would you give the designer as to the atmospheric look of your book? What's important, the atmosphere, shapes or the people involved?
If you had to summarise your images into a colour palette and pattern like for Palgrave Pivots, which would you choose and why? What is the symbolism (colour and pattern) would you choose and why? See: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/campaigns/palgrave-pivot