Erasing Environment


“Erasing Environment: The Soldier of the Future and Utopian Smart Textiles.” In Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy. Iss. 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 15-16.

Invitation in hand, I made my way to the blue “Wedgewood” conference rooms at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa for the Soldier of the Future workshop to which I had (accidentally) been invited. I had dressed carefully, a scholar of contemporary art camouflaged as a civil servant. As it turned out, my cotton shirt, pleated skirt, and flat shoes were all wrong. The workshop was all polyester, rayon, microfiber, cheap suits, cotton, and wool army uniforms. I stood out, first drawing curiosity: “Who did you say you were?” To which I vaguely replied “an academic,” and then dismissal as I sat at tables with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Rheinmetall, General Dynamics, and numerous Canadian start-ups. They were there to get in on the generous funding the government was investing in promoting an integrated system of communication technology and support for the needs of Canadian soldiers….

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About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.
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