On October 9, 2011 a group of artists converged at the Revolution Recovery recycling center in Philadelphia to participate in the Recycled Artist-in-Residency program (RAIR). The resulting work is the Taxonomy of Trash.
The idea originated with the belief that beauty existed amongst the piles and needed to be collected, cataloged, photographed and recorded to allow their true beauty to come forward. The approach was to find and document objects that were beautiful without the need to be altered —sculpture that was made without any human intent. In a sense giving them their 15-seconds of fame.
Tim spent most of the day digging through the mountainous piles trying to find these jewels. As the objects were collected Carlos photographed them while Austen made sound recordings by installing microphones in the objects and then dropping, hitting, playing and warping them. The sounds have been used to create musical tracks that accompany the project. Raul documented the entire process and made video.
The finished photographs were sent to Stacey Dougherty, a biologist who categorized them following the principles of the Phylogenetic Tree of Life. This divided them into categories primarily based on the material compounds found in each object. This categorization shows the connections between the objects and their development.
The end product is a visual, intellectual and aural celebration of garbage.
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