Oblivion is a performance about all the waste Sarah Vanhee would have thrown away throughout the course of one year, and the pleasure upon seeing it again. She has kept all her waste, both actual and virtual, anything from spam and notes to empty yoghurt pots. She has photographed all organic waste.
The uselessness of all these items is what makes them so interesting, and the process of keeping them has given birth to a philosophy on waste. It took her months to adjust to this way of thinking, realizing that of course she would have to save all glass as well, and document the two raspberries left in the colander. It became an obsession. She now misses the time when she didn't have to consider a single item, but simply keep everything. When you embrace this attitude you realize that control is merely an illusion. And that identity doesn't stem from our memory, but through discarding things and acquiring new ones.
Books such as History of Shit or Waste and Want taught her about sanitation technology's shaping of the modern human being, about recycling in the olden days, and that waste management is one of the world's greatest export industries. Imagine feeling attached to everything you've gotten rid of, erased or thrown away – things, thoughts or relationships that you have removed and detached yourself from. Now it's all back. They're yours and you care about them. You're doing it all over again. You reconsider, reinvest. Everything has a value. When does your waste stop being your waste?
- from www.bit-teatergarasjen.no
- Last Updated: 10/12/2017
- Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
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