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Friday, February 08, 2013 // 6:00pm

The Taxonomy of Trash

Free - Donations encouraged

Join the Philadelphia Art Alliance for a lecture and Kickstarter launch party for:

The Taxonomy of Trash: An Analytical Approach to Garbage.

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.

Over the course of a weekend, hundreds of objects, photographs, and sound recordings were collected and produced. After selecting the best 100 objects, the images were categorized using a similar method as the Phylogenetic Tree of Life, dividing them into categories primarily based on the material compounds found in each object. The categorization reveals the connections between the objects and their development.

The end product is a visual, intellectual, and aural celebration of garbage.

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