Archive of Trash

I drew inspiration for this project from everyday items that one may come in contact with constantly, yet entirely look over: sidewalk trash. This project, partly inspired by Jenny Odell’s, The Bureau of Suspended Objects, looks to archive and revitalize…

Archive of Trash

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I drew inspiration for this project from everyday items that one may come in contact with constantly, yet entirely look over: sidewalk trash. This project, partly inspired by Jenny Odell’s, The Bureau of Suspended Objects, looks to archive and revitalize the imagined lives of forgotten items, all of which I found in the duration of a two-hour walk through Gainesville neighborhoods. Before I began this project, I looked into our habits of losing and forgetting items (turns out we lose, on average, 9 items a day!) and object-oriented ontology. Object oriented ontology (OOO) is a school of thought that moves focus away from human consciousness and looks towards the consciousness of objects instead. OOO was applied to this project as, along with animating the experiences of trash in image sequences, I focused on creating a color-oriented tone for each item as to highlight how they may individually feel about the lives they are subject to live. In animating their theoretical consciousness, I hope to draw attention to the ability of the human mind to forget, and the ability of the object to remember.

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