"It's alive!" Om upptäckten av ett fettberg i Londons kloaker

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List of Authors: Blanka Henriksson, Ann-Helen Sund
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Budkavlen
Volume number: 97
Start page: 259
End page: 293


September 2017 both Swedish and Finnish media reported news of a discovery made
in the sewers of London. A so called fatberg, consisting of flushed down fat,
wet wipes and nappies blocked the sewage system. What was fluid had congealed,
and what was hidden became visible, provoking repulsion and a need to act

We are
interested in what happens when something hitherto hidden and unknown calls for
attention. What was discovered and revealed in the sewers of London? By
studying media reports on the discovery of the fatberg, we analyse how city and
body, nature and culture, attraction and repulsion, the ordinary and the
sensational are entwined in the attempts to disclose and come to terms with
what takes the form of a monster. Measurements, close-up pictures, and lively
reports on sensory impressions are all part of this affective encounter, where
relations and responses are formed.

It is sometimes proposed that we live in the
geological epoch Anthropocene, characterized by significant human impact on the
ecosystem and geology. The discourses on the fatberg forms the base for our
case study where the focal point is man’s encounter with such beings and
different ways of handling and understanding the consequences of our lifestyle.


affect, affect theory, anthropocene, fatberg, media, waste, monster, fatberg, musealisation


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