Desire, Disappointment and Domestic Waste

Jonathan Chapman

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Perhaps due to the normalcy of innovation, material culture is adopting an increasingly expendable, sacrificial persona. Today, an edgy sense of instability surrounds the made world, nurtured by continual change to render its offspring fleeting, transient and replaceable orphans of circumstance. In this oversaturated world of people and things, durable attachments with objects are seldom witnessed. Most products deliver a predictable diatribe of information, which quickly transforms wonder into drudgery; serial disappointments are delivered through nothing more than a products failure to maintain currency with the evolving values and needs of their user. The volume of waste produced by this cyclic pattern of short-term desire and disappointment is a major problem, not just in terms of space and where to put it, but, perhaps more notably, for its toxic corruption of the biosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPavilion commissions programme 2007
EditorsMillie Burton
Place of PublicationLeeds
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780954477547
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • waste
  • home improvements
  • material culture
  • sustainability
  • excess


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