Heather Davis is a researcher, writer, and editor from Montreal, who participates in expanded art practices that bring together researchers, activists, and community members to enact social change. A postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, she is currently researching the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. Heather Davis has written about the intersection of art, politics, ecological catastrophe, and community engagement for numerous art and academic publications. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environment and Epistemology (Open Humanities Press, 2015), and Desire/Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA/McGill Queen’s UP, forthcoming). heathermdavis.com
Heather Davis: The Queer Futurity of Plastic
Plastic is often thought of as a malleable material; its metaphorical connotation, plasticity, implies movement and shape shifting. However, plastic is actually one of the most durable compounds on earth and its presence is reshaping the ecosystems that it proliferates within.