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Talking Trash

Church Street, Goulburn NSW 2580, Australia, 2010
project news:
Talking Trash 13 April - 29 May
photo 'Orange is the colour to keep'
catalogue, cover photo
Duration: 10.23.2007 - 04.29.2010
Location: MCA, Sydney and Regional Art Gallery, Gouldburn
Participants: 25
Visitors: Visitors of the exhibition
Number of Events: 1
Additional presentation: Chabot Museum, Rotterdam (2011)

Talking Trash is a project for the Museum of Contemporary Art with the local community of Goulburn and Veolia Environmental Services. It explores a range of personal approaches to waste from wasting water, toothpaste or DVDs to wasting time, through interviews with 25 households. A series of short, insightful stories from residents in the rural centre of Goulburn and Liverpool in Western Sydney. Adopting a reality fiction approach, the 25 mini video clips reveal a range of unique approaches and often strongly held views on concepts of waste, personal behaviour and responsibility in a climate of consumerism, recycling and growing concern for the environment.

'Waste' is the general term for unwanted or undesired material; other terms used loosely as synonyms are rubbish, trash, garbage, or junk. Conceptions of waste frequently impact environmental decision-making in societies. In addition to this, there is also an important cultural dimension to waste. 'Wasting time', 'wasting money', 'wasting good food' or 'being wasteful' in innumerable ways involve moral judgments that carry a great deal of weight in human interaction and that differ in the societies of the world and even within those societies.

The project looks into how the various cultural communities that make up the area deal with consumerism and globalization. Looking closely at what they're wasting ... or feel like (not) wasting. To explore what 'waste' means to people living in the Goulburn area, and explore the 'fields of interaction' around waste. MoncieffProduction, Emotional support, Written or oral text contribution
Alina BastolaParticipation in realising artwork
Annet DunnParticipation in realising artwork
Bill DormanParticipation in realising artwork
Bill GraceParticipation in realising artwork
Bill WebbParticipation in realising artwork
Chris BerryAdvice concerning content
Clair OrrellGraphic design
Claire BonnerParticipation in realising artwork
Dave TanaParticipation in realising artwork
Dough DeanCreating space
Elaine LallayParticipation in realising artwork
Elisabeth MacgregorCreating space , Financial support
Eva SokolowskaParticipation in realising artwork
Gabrielle GwytherParticipation in realising artwork
Gina SinozichParticipation in realising artwork
Green and GoldTechnical realisation
Henry GundryParticipation in realising artwork
Ian MarshParticipation in realising artwork
Jane CushCreating space
Jasper DormanParticipation in realising artwork
Jeanie BonnerParticipation in realising artwork
Jessie SokolowskaParticipation in realising artwork
Josephine DormanParticipation in realising artwork
Judith BlackallEmotional support
Julie AysomParticipation in realising artwork
Justin HoughtonParticipation in realising artwork
Kevin McDougallParticipation in realising artwork
Museum of Contemporary Art SydneyCreating space , Financial support
Pablo GonzalesParticipation in realising artwork
Paul SixtaDevelopment of artwork concept , Reporting in image, Image editing
Rachel KentWritten or oral text contribution
Ralph BonnerParticipation in realising artwork
Renee FryParticipation in realising artwork , Communication
Rowan HewisonTranslation
Sardar SinjawiParticipation in realising artwork
Sharon O ConnorProduction
Stefan PistersReporting in sound
Theresa Angert-QuilterParticipation in realising artwork
Toby ChapmanProduction
Tom HagueParticipation in realising artwork
Trillian TylerProduction
VeoliaAdvice concerning content, Inspiration/knowledge sharing
Vivienne WebbCreating space
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