The Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary defines Ordure as:
‘…..n. dirt: dung: excrement: anything unclean (fig).–adj. ordurous. (Fr.,–O. ord, foul–L. horridus, rough.) Other definitions follow. There are categories of ordure which are common, shit for example.
The subject proliferates: What are the parameters of ordure? And what is virtual ordure?

The Museum of Ordure invites contributions in all aspects of ordure


Dominique Laporte, History of Shit, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2000 [Histoire de la merde, 1978].

Dusan I. Bjelic, The Balkans and the “History of Shit”, Eurozine 2004.

Maurice Benayoun, The Dump, 207 Hypotheses for Committing Art / The Dump 207 hypothèse pour un passage à l’acte, English/Français, Fyp Editions, 2011.

Franco Berardi “Bifo”, “Garbage”, in Precarious Rhapsody: Semiocapitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation London: Minor Compositions, 2009, pp. 53-4.

Stuart Brisley, Beyond Reason: Ordure, London: Book Works, 2003.

Jennifer Gabrys, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics, University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Kristoffer Gansing, Press Delete: the politics and performance of spam culture, in ISEA 2010, conference proceedings, Berlin: Revolver, 2010, pp.364-5.

Jonathan M. Katz, “Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt“, National Geographic News, January 30, 2008.

Victor Margolin, “The Waste Manifesto”, in Interaction vol. 16, 4, 2009, pp. 12-15.

John Scanlan, On Garbage, London: Reaktion Books, 2005.

Michael Thompson, Rubbish Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Sergei Tertiakov, The Biography of the Object, in Literatura fakta, ed. Nikolai Chuzhak, Moscow: Federatsiia, 1929, pp. 66–70. see

Gillian Whiteley, Junk: Art and the Politics of Trash, I B Tauris, 2010.

web links

Great Pacific Garbage Patch,

Garbage Dreams, dir. Mai Iskander, Egypt 2009

Slavoj Zizek, video excerpt about toilets and ideology,

Jacques de Vaucanson, Canard Digérateur (or Digesting Duck) of 1739,

Peter Luining, (especially, MYSPAMBOX (2007), obsolete (from 2006), PC Dumpdagen (from 2004)).

Xing Danwen, disCONNEXION (2002-3) (images from Guiye)

Lu Guang, Pollution in China (2009)

Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki, various Scrapyard Challenge Workshops (from 2003)

Garnet Hertz, The Dead Media Research Lab (2009)

Quantified Toilets,

Stuart Brisley website,

Maya Balcioglu website,

Geoff Cox website,

Les Liens Invisibles website,

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