Kirsty Robertson's research while affiliated with The University of Western Ontario and other places

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This paper considers Beneath the Surface: The Archives of Arthur Nestor, a parafictional exhibition that I curated in 2014 with 16 undergraduate students at Western University, Canada. The exhibition depicted the life of Dr. Arthur Nestor, a professor of Biology who had disappeared from London (ON) in 1975, seemingly without trace. Over the summer...
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Industrial, pre-consumer pellets are a major type of plastics pollution found on shorelines worldwide. This study investigates the distribution and characteristics of plastic pellets accumulated on beaches of the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America and provides a “snapshot” of pellet distribution in a lake system that accounts for 21% of the wo...
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En se concentrant sur trois micro-institutions canadiennes, aux mandats spécifiquement difficiles et/ou politiquement chargés, cet article examine le potentiel critique des petits espaces et musées. Il analyse comment, en raison de financement et d’espace limités, la Feminist Art Gallery de Toronto, le STAG Project Space, une galerie et résidence d...
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This paper considers how an interdisciplinary approach to the “wicked problem” of plastics pollution offers unique and important collaborative possibilities. Specially, the paper considers the approach of the Synthetic Collective, a group comprising artists, humanities scholars, and scientists. Considering first how artists and scientists might res...

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... Nevertheless, estuaries are known sinks for many environmental pollutants, and are subject to inputs of plastics from terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments (Vermeiren et al., 2016). Additionally, estuaries are often locations where urban centres develop, and human population densities have consistently been associated with plastic pollution (Browne et al., 2011;Nakao et al., 2020;Corcoran et al., 2020;Vetrimurugan et al., 2020). Of particular ecotoxicological importance is pollution by microplastics (plastics ≤5 mm, Arthur et al., 2009, Hidalgo-Ruz et al., 2012, because their small size allows for their uptake by a range of organisms throughout the food web (Au et al., 2017). ...
... In the case of heART space, the youth involved had lived experience with grief, drug use and homelessness, which positioned them as drivers of the project. In smaller galleries or museums where full collaboration is possible, these spaces can foster a sense of community (Crooke, 2007;O'Reilly and Parish, 2015;Robertson and Gregory, 2018). Collaborative project development can build both a sense of agency and solidarity amongst community, particularly when members have control over the outcome of the project. ...
... Currently, 14 million tonnes of microplastics are on the seafloor [4]. Recycling is often emphasized as a possible solution to the pollution caused by unmanaged plastics production and disposal [5][6][7]. Mechanical recycling of plastic waste remains a viable approach to the environmental menace of waste plastics disposal [8]. ...