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(How) Does Conscious Consumption Matter?
January 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This talk brings art and sociology into an active conversation about how we consume and whether changing our consumption habits matters. In Jennifer Bucheit’s project Again and Again: A Reflection on Consumer Culture, she presents photographs of the paper packaging that she encounters in everyday life, encouraging reflection on the life cycle of the goods, the messages the packaging conveys, and the implications of personal consumerism. Jane Collins uses recent sociological evidence to open up the question of whether, by changing our individual consumption practices, we can solve large-scale problems such as climate change and inequality.
Jennifer Bucheit received a BFA in graphic design from the University of Iowa and an MFA in photography from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Jane Collins is professor of community and environmental sociology at the UW-Madison. Her most recent book, The Politics of Value, was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2017.