Looking back on the previous post, it seems kind of down and not like me at all. So I am back to my non-introspective self. Hello!
Really cool building on ASU's campus. (Coor Hall)
I had a terrific day today. My classes were really interesting. We were discussing labor in my Culture of Objects class. The Marxist idea of invisible labor is compelling, that the products that we consume no longer bear the marks of the labor that made it. Like my new MacBook, it is beautiful, but I have no idea who made it or how many people worked on it, how many pieces are part of it, the story of its labor is invisible.
As a craftsperson, I find that I am drawn to objects that you can still see or feel the marks of the artist. Even a mass produced item like a baseball bat, you know that a person stood in front of a lathe while the piece of wood was turned into a bat. The process is still visible.