Hoarding and Household Waste

By Jen

This weeks topic reminded me of a project I saw a couple years ago by artist Song Dong:

Song Dong, Waste Not

Song Dong, Waste Not

Song Dong, Waste Not

From the MoMA site:

“A collaboration first conceived of with the artist’s mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or “waste not,” was a prerequisite for survival.  The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.”

In contrast to the orderly  beauty  of the Song Dong installation (which is simulatenously aestheticized/antisepticized), the TLC show Hoarding – Buried Alive depicts the opposite end of the spectrum. The show is crazy … it’s both fascinating and disconcerting to see what happens when the symbolic order of waste/not waste is disturbed.

image from Hoarding- Buried Alive

image from Hoarders-Buried Alive

image from Hoarders - Buried Alive


1 Comment»

  cindypound wrote @

according to wikipedia, another term for hoarding is “disposophobia”. a phobia of disposal.


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