Posts Tagged ‘trash’

Gertrude Berg, pick-up artist

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Austrian-born, Boston-trained trash artist Gertrude Berg made this video of a woman picking up trash with high heels on the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn as a comment on the hypocrisy of gentrification: outsiders descend on an industrial neighborhood, gut and polish the insides of buildings while the streets remain as trash-strewn as ever.

“Pick-Up Artist” was carried out in 2007 as part of Conflux, an annual New York festival designed to examine city living in artistic ways. For Conflux 2006, Berg made a many-pocketed dress out of Tyvek, which she wore everywhere during the festival and used to store all the trash she created during that time.

Photo via artist's Flickr stream

Photo via artist's Flickr stream

This project reminds me of a similar venture my friend Myra designed in college called “Trash Bellies”. She has been promising since the beginning of this blog to dig up photos of that work. Myra, are you reading this? Send me pictures!

Note: Conflux 2009 will be held this September. And it’s not too late for artists to get involved. Sumbissions are due Agusut 15. I wonder what urban and trashy wonders the next event will hold!

This post was made possible by a tip from a supercool attendee of the NYC Repro Health Happy Hour. Thanks, tipster!

Origin Myth

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey there, new readers. has had a bit of a growth spurt recently and it occurs to me some of you might be wondering what this site is all about. While we champion happy confusion, here are some bits of historical and autobiographical information for the unsatisfied among you.


  • is a blog about the art and politics of the world through the lens of garbage.
  • I started everydaytrash back in August of ’06 with a post entitled “This is a blog about trash.
  • I like to make up words. Like “garblogging,” “garblog” and “garblogger”.
  • A Short History of Garblogging can be found here.
  • Last November, I recruited my friend Victor to write for  from Stockholm. Last month he moved to Brooklyn.
  • Now there are two of us and is growing from an extension of my trash-obsessed personality to a multi-voiced conversation about art, power, people, politics and waste.
  • We love comments.
  • And trash tips. Send us your story ideas!
  • We are on Facebook and Twitter.
  • We are part of a larger online community, as evidenced by the ever-growing side bar list of Garbloggers and Greenloggers. We encourage you to check them out as well.



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