Das Müllprojekt, Hamburg 2017
Maintaining the social order requires an agreement about what has value and what does not. A control mechanism assigns objects a place within the hierarchy between permanence and transience. In the gray zone between these two poles lies rubbish. Rubbish is socially defined. Innovation, creativity, and social pressure can shift the boundary between rubbish and non-rubbish. This latitude, which is usually reserved for the social elite, must be conquered. (see Michal Thomson, Rubbish Theory - The Creation and Destruction of Value)
In 2016 we came upon the possibility of transforming a tear-down building into an artwork. Instead of disposing the rubble on the dump, it was cleaned and added to concrete in varying stone grains, thus replacing the usual primary resources sand and gravel. The invitation to "Das Müllprojekt" brought us in touch with a further material development method: household waste becomes building material. The municipal waste management company Hamburg is currently undertaking a research in which incinerator bottom ash is washed and separated from metals and other impurities. For our contribution to the "Waste Project" we have employed this alternative building material and dropped a load.