Robin Nagle’s TED talk: What I Discovered in New York City Trash

Very interesting, morally and ethically-charged presentation by Robin Nagle. She has been the anthropologist-in-residence at the Department of Sanitation in New York City since 2006, and she is the author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, published in 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Landfill Harmonic (2014)

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments made from trash:

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called ‘The Recycled Orchestra’.

Our film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.

TRASH conference – Friday 14th Sept 2012 – University of Sussex

I will be giving a paper entitled ‘Eliot’s Exhalations’ – a short piece about reading manuscript drafts and textual waste – at the TRASH conference at the University of Sussex in September. The conference organisers describe their aims: ‘Trash operates as a physical and symbolic manifestation of consumer society and its associated debris; it celebrates the filthy, excessive and grotesque; and it expresses how power communicates and classifies abject bodies. It not only describes the devaluation of trash culture, but it also refers to the material practices and processes through which we deal with ‘waste’ in all its forms. This one day conference will rummage through the trash heap of history, art, media, culture, politics, and society in order to uncover new scholarly approaches and methods that continue to appropriate and recycle theories of trash.’

Guest speaker: Dr Tracey Potts, University of Nottingham

Arpad Boczen, Sweet Urban Stink in our Ears, Advanced School of Architecture, Budapest

Francisco Calafate-FariaThe ‘Museum of Rubbish’ in Curitiba: Short-Cycling or Line of Flight?, Goldsmiths, University of London

Sarah Carney‘Sometimes a tampon in a banana skin is just a tampon in a banana skin’— Don DeLillo: keeping trash trash because beauty is truth and truth is death,  University of Sussex

Amy  Carson, Title TBC, University of Leeds,

Munira CheemaAssessing the power of Trash TV in Pakistani television culture, University of Sussex

Natacha ChevalierWhen waste was trash: The thrifty 30s and 40s, University of Sussex

Bel Deering, Mortal Remains: the perils, pitfalls and pleasures of studying rubbish in a graveyard setting, University of Brighton

Simon Hobbs, Antichrist as the Culturally Schizophrenic Artefact, University of Portsmouth

Chris Lloyd, Hurricane Katrina and the South’s disposable (trashy) bodies, Goldsmiths, University of London

James MacDowellSo Bad it’s Good: Value, Intention, and the Aesthetics of Ironic Appreciation, University of Warwick

Claire Reddleman“Modern and contemporary route-finding”: reactivating dead labour as spheres of appearance in ‘Pennine Street 2012, Goldsmiths, University of London

Cheryl RobertsSkeletons in her Cupboard, University of Brighton

Clare ThomasPlastic Beaches, Plastic Sea, University College Falmouth

Will VineyEliot’s Exhalations, Assistant Editor, Pluto Press; Commissioning Editor, Pod Academy

Tally Yaacobi-GrossRemembering the discarded: Waste, guilt and trauma, Goldsmiths, University of London

CFP: Trash @ Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies presents:

TRASH

A one day postgraduate conference at the University of Sussex

Friday 14th September 2012

Trash operates as a physical and symbolic manifestation of consumer society and its associated debris; it celebrates the filthy, excessive and grotesque; and it expresses how power communicates and classifies abject bodies. It not only describes the devaluation of trash culture, but it also refers to the material practices and processes through which we deal with ‘waste’ in all its forms.

In this one day postgraduate conference we propose to rummage through the trash heap of history, art, media, culture, politics, and society in order to uncover new scholarly approaches and methods that continue to appropriate and recycle theories of trash.

We welcome papers from postgraduate researchers considering the decayed, disposed of, degraded and decried from a range of academic disciplines.

To coincide with TRASH at the University of Sussex the conference organisers will also be curating an evening of art, film and music in central Brighton on Thursday 13th September. The evening will be the welcome event for the conference and it will also provide the opportunity to engage with and network around the theme of trash outside of the academy.

We are seeking proposals for a range of contribution formats to be considered for either the conference or the evening event:

·         The following format will be considered for the one day conference at the University of Sussex on Friday 14th September:
20 minute paper presentations.
·         The following practise formats will be considered for the evening event in central Brighton on Thursday 13th September:
Short film, video art and animation.

Art, art installation, performance and photography.

Please send a Word document to sccs-conf@sussex.ac.uk by Monday 16th July 2012 containing the following information:

·         Your name, institution and contact information.
·         The format in which you wish to present your work (see above).
·         3-5 key words that indicate the main focus of your work.
·         A 400 word abstract detailing the content of your work.
·         A 100 word biography.

We also have two bursaries of £50 available to postgraduate students who will be travelling from outside Brighton and contributing to the conference. If you wish to apply for a bursary please attach a separate Word document containing a 200 word statement. Please explain how and why attending this conference will benefit your research and include an estimate of your costs.

Conference registration will open in July, please check the blog for details. The conference fees are £10 or £5 (students).

Email: sccs-conf@sussex.ac.uk

Blog: http://sussextrashconference.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @SCCS_