In the Spring of 2011, I was invited to be a resident artist of Recology San Francisco (a.k.a. The Dump). I treated this residency as a performance by creating a narrative around a prospector from a future time, who mines the the landfill to create imaginary technologies. Devices such as an infinite battery, a trans-dimensional mailbox and an emotional distillery permit the prospector to live comfortably in a place where resources are scarce and the terrain depopulated.
All of the materials were scavenged from the public disposal area. The resulting installation includes sculptures, video, paintings, performance and interactive works, evoking an alternate landscape, which engages a child-like imagination space. Referencing the construction of narrative itself, the set of inventions — ten in total — resemble movie props using stagecraft techniques. Each device includes a hand-painted blueprint that is also laser-etched, fusing DIY technology with ordinary materials. The fictitious devices offer an antidote to over-consumption culture in which citizens can repurpose municipal waste for creative ends.
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