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Trashopedia / portmanteau 

A combination of the words trash and encyclopedia.

Trashopedia is an experiment in language; a conceptualisation process of a multitude of thoughts and meanings by three different minds.

It is a collection of concepts and terms that relate to the project in a rhizomatic structure. It includes pre-exisitng, newly interpreted and newly coined terms. 


Anthropocene epoch portmanteau 

The current Geological age - the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. 

A combination of the prefix anthropo (meaning human) with -cene (which comes from the Greek word Kainos and means new or recent). 

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Cheap nature concept

A concept created by Jason W. Moore - a prominent figure in critical ecological thinking.

"Cheap natures are actively produced by human activity bundled with the rest of nature, and human and extra-human natures are both replete with creativity and contingency".

The term illustrates how today's ecological and economic concerns are connected.


Data archaeology / Computational archaeology

Refers to the art and science of recovering computer data encoded and/or encrypted in now obsolete media or formats. Data archaeology can also refer to recovering information from damaged electronic formats after natural disasters or human error. There is a distinction between data recovery and data intelligibility. One may be able to recover data but not understand it. For data archaeology to be effective, the data must be intelligible.


Economy of words / system / argot / future

In an imagined future, words are treated as capital. They are a system of meaning-making and a means of producing new concepts that shape our perceptions.


Ecophagy term

A term coined by Robert Freitas, meaning the literal consumption of an ecosystem. Derives from the Green oikos (refers to a "house" or "household"), and the Green phagein ("to eat"). Freitas used the term to describe a scenario involving molecular nanotechnology gone awry.


Frugality / term /  future / economy

The quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.

In an imagined future all societies adopt a frugal way of life. Wasteful consumption is brought to a minimum and the notion of waste takes on a new meaning.

Sister terms originally used to describe waste born from a spiritual or religious context.


Often when going through trash sites, one can find many objects imbued with emotional resonance; children’s clothing, toys, postcards, dogs’ collars, photo frames, even photographs. They all meant something to somebody once. With so many emotions and memories attached to the objects, why were they thrown out?


Today people might consider many different things holy trash; perhaps a child's first tooth, a letter, or a gift from someone important.

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Non place concept

Non-place or nonplace is a neologism coined by the French anthropologist Marc Augé. It refers to anthropological spaces of transience, where the human beings remain anonymous and that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as "places". 

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Psychogeography term

Psychogeography describes the effect of a geographical location on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. Psychogeographers advocate the act of becoming lost in the city. This is done through the dérive, or “drift”. French theorist Guy Debord coined the term as a part of Situationist International movement.

Botanical term / philosophical concept by Deleuze and Guattari.


Rhizome is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It describes theory and research that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation.

The concept comes from the botanical term rhizome, which refers to a modified subterranean plant stem that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.

Rhizome is an "image of thought" as Deleuze sees it. Trashscape is a rhizome - it is a visual representation of a non-linear thought process.


Technogaianism /  term

"techno-" for technology and "gaian" for Gaia philosophy


Technogaians take a stance that developing safe and clean alternative  technology can help save the environment. It points out that not all technology necessarily degrades the environment. Technogaians argue that technology gets cleaner and more efficient with time. They provide active support towards designing future technology in a way that helps restore Earths environment. 

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Waste colonialism / Garbage imperialism

These terms are nowadays primarily used to describe instances of rich countries dumping their waste on poorer ones.


Waste colonialism describes how waste and pollution are part of the domination of certain nations. The concept has been gaining traction since the 1990s to explain patterns of power in waste and pollution. Garbage imperialism describes that not all trash is local. 


Argot / language

Refers to informal specialised vocabulary from a particular field of study, occupation, or hobby. 

The Trashopedia is an Argot used by the Translation Flowers

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Circular economy / system

An economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of finite resources. Opposite to linear economy.

Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create  a closed-loop system. They minimise the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources. All "waste" should become "food" for another process: either a by-product or a recovered resource for another industrial process or as regenerative resources for nature (e.g., compost). 

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Discarded architecture / Cultural criticism

From trash to treasure, from culture to non existence. History to be immortalized through monuments. Memorials of our time being demolished. Urban growth that creates architectural waste . What is left of us when we abandon ourselves if today's heritage is a trade of capitalist architectural remains?


Environmentalism / social science

A broad philosophy, ideology, and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment.

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Found object art term

Often used in an artistic context to describe art created using banal everyday objects. Can also be used to refer to any misplaced object, usually found outdoors.

There is a specific magic to discovering these unexpected objects. If you discover something that feels like art, are you the artist? What is the agency of art simply happening without human intent? Is your unique point of view what makes it art?

Also relates to the Finnish proverb: 

"se on taidetta," sanoi maaalari  kur housuunsa paskansi 

Translates (approximately) to: 

"It's art," said the artist when he shat in his pants


Fly tipping / word

"Tipping trash from a car on the fly"

The illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it.

The word has different connotations depending on language and location. The term originates in the UK. In Finland there is no direct translation for the word other than "roskaaminen" (littering). It is illegal and punishable with a fine. However, fly tipping still happens in Finland, it is just kept hidden. It is usually done in abandoned lots or small backroads in the forest. In Serbia the term relates to discarded architecture - abandoned buildings become symbols of wasted cultural potential, or discarded heritage. 


Noösphere concept

The noosphere is a philosophical concept developed and popularized by the biogeochemist Vladimir Vernadsky, and the French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.


The sphere of human consciousness and mental activity especially in regard to its influence on the biosphere and in relation to evolution

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Portmanteau term

A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example Anthropocene or Ecolphagy.

(Ceremonial uncleanness, Ritual impurity, Death pollution)

A condition resulting from association with blood (menstrual, parturitional, placental, accidental or shed in murder or battle), death and birth.

Remedies for ritual impurity often involve sacrifice, washing, anointing, sprinkling, burning, or cutting. Ritual pollution is a rite of passage of sorts.


Trash / Garbology word

Garbology is the study of what we do with our waste.

Two critical concepts on technological development by Evgeny Morozov and Meredith Boussard


The term technochauvinism is similar to technosolutionism. Both terms describe the belief that most, if not all, complex issues can be solved with the right computation and engineering. Morozov's stance is that trying to achieve this idea has a potential dark side as well. Trashscape offers an opposite scenario. Technology is political. Current technological sovereignty proves it. 

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