I was invited to be artist-in-residence at Recology, San Francisco’s city waste and recycling management center: four months of unlimited access to a facility where mountains of construction materials, furniture, and the detritus of abandoned houses and apartments pass through and are sorted for reuse. Every artist I’ve met in this program finds something astounding. For me that was scraps of paper with hand-written notes–a letter or poem or record of a dream that somehow caught my eye. The performers are engulfed by materials and costumes created from trash, a dual burden of material and memory that requires some effort to convey. In this excerpt, Ingrid Rojas Contreras reads from a chapter of a book on regression that someone typed out with handwritten notes, Dean Hernandez reads sentences from an English language assignment, Florentina Mocanu-Schendel delivers a shopping list mixed up with sermon notes, and I read from a dream journal written in 1993.
This was made possible by Recology. Special thanks to Deborah Munk, Sharon Spain, Micah Gibson, Alison Pebworth, and Miguel Arzabe.
Recology Artist in Residency, San Francisco CA