“A Moral History of Objects”Philosophy professor Jeff Noonan and photographer Douglas MacLellan will launch their collaborative work “A Moral History of Objects” on Tuesday.

Reading to launch poetry-photo collaboration

UWindsor philosophy professor Jeff Noonan will read from and discuss his four-part poem, coupled with images by photographer Douglas MacLellan in “A Moral History of Objects,” Tuesday, May 8, at One Ten Park.

MacLellan contributed a series of photographs of broken things — artifacts that began as parts of automobiles and machines, manufactured to serve definite purposes.

“Left exposed in ways never intended, the surfaces are unintentionally sculpted by corrosive forces,” Dr. Noonan says. “Their raw materiality is beautiful: a joint work of the labourers who created the original thing, the physical force of the accidents that destroyed those things, and natural forces operating without consciousness.”

Both members of the collaborative team will be on hand at Tuesday’s launch; copies of the work will be available for purchase. The event, 7 p.m. in the working space located at 110 Park Street West, is part of the MayWorks labour arts festival. Among its sponsors are the Windsor University Faculty Association and Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.