On Zero Waste in Art and the Reproduction of Capitalism with 'Human Face'

  • Nadine Schneiderbauer
Keywords: Lavinia Lanner, capitalism with human face, zero waste


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay engages with the increasingly popular trend of 'zero waste', one more and more shaping the art world itself. It argues that the devotion to ethical consumption, to recycling, and especially to upcycling and production of artworks for the consumption of the rich falls within the currently dominant ideology of capitalism with a human face. The author also discusses zero waste with the artist Lavinia Lanner.