Posts Tagged ‘fracking’

Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign.

Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well.

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Karl Mattson’s sour gas escape pod, Rolla B.C.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Pod at Sweetwater 905 Festival 2012. 

Karl Mattson, an artist and filmmaker from the town of Rolla in Northern B.C., produced this “escape pod” artwork last year.  I saw it a few weeks ago on the concert grounds of the Sweetwater 905 Festival. It may look like a space capsule playhouse for kids, and sometimes it is, but it was actually built as shelter from the very real danger of highly toxic sour gas leaks, as well as a protest against the inadequately regulated gas industry in Northern BC.

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