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Der Schlachthof

Friday, May 1, 2009


Originally uploaded by buzzygirl

It’s Decorative Dumpster Day, a day to reflect for a moment on the objects we use to contain waste. And to decorate them. In preparation for this day, I have spent some time thinking about dumpsters and graffiti and the fact that where you find one, you often find the other. The vibrant murals that coated the train yards and back alleys of my youth are hard to find these days in my city. It’s not easy to tell which is the chicken and which is the egg: more people ride the trains and walk the alleys, fewer artists put up their stuff. Anyway, I was touched by buzzygirl‘s photostream on flickr when I came across her series over time of Der Schlachthof, Germany. Check out the evolving landscape she captures at four points in time (and counting). Thanks for letting me share your work, buzzygirl. These photos capture the most basic relationship between trash, art and the potential unleashed when a fresh perspective is applied to a forgotten space.





End of the world postponed until June

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A while back I mentioned the End of the Waste World Supermarket hosted by New York’s trash worshipers, the Yanbukis. Please note, the universe will carry on for a few extra weeks before this apocalyptic celebration takes place. The new date is June 12th, details to come. In the meantime, local trashies/yankubis should commit the following occasions and locations to memory, starting THIS WEEKEND:

Yanbuki flyer

Yanbuki flyer

On Sunday, April 26th and starting at 3pm: A “To Waste or Not to Waste” forum followed by a live audiovisual performance. Yankubis are instructed to bring big ideas and slow food to La Plaza Cultural Garden (one of the most wonderful venues/spots in New York; attending events at La Plaza is a real treat you should take advantage of if you’ve never done so before).

On May 1st (aka Decorative Dumpster Day),there will be a Mayday Trash Worship Gathering—to include “waste instrumentation”—honoring “Anuki, god of all tides, from 3pm until nightfall at Grand Street Ferry Park in Williamsburg.

Check in with Viatico Art Magazine for future updates.

Decorative Dumpster Day Details

Friday, April 17, 2009

ddd-loDecorative Dumpster Day is fast approaching, so let us know if you’d like to participate. The rules are simple: Post a photo of a decorated dumpster or other trash receptical and link back to the three host blogs: Olympia Dumpster Divers, The Visible Trash Society and  In return, we’ll be linking to ALL the participating sites to create a giant web of dumpster images.

To get the party started, Ltttle Shiva designed this trashtastic logo for the event, please feel free to use it. Text to accompany your images is entirely up to your own discretion/imagination. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

May 1st is Decorative Dumpster Day

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ruby Re-Usable, Little Shiva and I are having an online party on May 1st to be hosted by our blogs Olympia Dumpster Divers, The Visible Trash Society and as well as other neat locales in the garblogosphere. Stay tuned for a fuller list of participants. And in the meantime, if you’ve been decorating your dumpster/other trash-holding container or seen a neat one in the NYC area that deserves a day in the spotlight, let me know.

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