The permeating powers of dirt
We should now force ourselves to focus on dirt. […] In trying to focus on it we run against our strongest mental habit.
Most of the time we avoid dirt and erase it from perception, but when it manages to capture attention, it hypnotizes. Dirt is the ambiguity that excites and disturbs us to the bones, it is what shapes and shakes the order of things. In this lecture we will dissect the discomfort and excitement of dirt through images and examples, and glimpse into two influential theories (structuralist anthropological by Douglas and psychoanalytic by Kristeva) to outline the permeating powers of dirt (or the dirty powers of permeation, if you prefer).