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Sam Ashford, of Brooklyn, New York, 77ART October artist-in-residence, addresses the problem of fashion on the brink of the apocalypse. “I’m a hand-me-down expert,” Ashford says. “I get all my stuff for free. That’s better for the environment, maybe, environmental fashion, recycling, re-using.” Ashford’s view is that fashion itself is especially ruthless on the environment. “All the dyes, all the production of the fabrics — it’s very bad for the world.” In the video, Ashford touches on the problem of desire. He quotes 19th-century German intellectual Friedrich Nietzsche: “In the end, there is only the desirer and no desired.” Do our appetites and our access to resources put ultimate satisfaction beyond our reach? You be the judge.