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What does this visualization (including caption) say about toxics?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 12:54pm

The ethnographer says the removal of the top soil is an effort to decontaminate the place. At the same time, the machines used damage the underground pipes. I would be curious to know more about how the latter contributes to a different form of toxicity perhaps that comes with flooding and draining of the fields?

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What kind of image is this? Is it a found image or created by the ethnographer (or a combination)? What is notable about its composition | scale of attention | aesthetic?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 12:52pm

This is an image taken by the ethnographer and zooms into the 1m measurement of the soil. It doesn't show the layers in the soil to the readers but this is explained in the caption.

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How does this visualization (including caption) advance ethnographic insight? What message | argument | sentiment | etc. does this visualization communicate or represent?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 12:50pm

The visualization and caption shows an example of how de-contamination happens and its effects on a micro-scale through a literal shifting of the terrain (shifting of the soil). I read this as an attempt by the ethnographer to show how the meaning of toxicity is complex, and the role of the nonhuman (Terrain, soil, plants, clay) in shaping how toxicity is knowable to humans.

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