This weekend we celebrate TRASH in New York City. It’s the first time we’ve done this theme – it’s been really great to push ourselves this season with new themes – it forces us (me) to move outside of comfortable circles of thought when producing, curating, writing – and that uncomfortable place is a really great place to be as an artist. Some say it’s where all the really good stuff in life waits – that uncomfortable place. I know that when I push myself or, even better, allow myself to be in that uncomfortable place, new ways of looking at things will arise. There’s really no guessing what will come. It’s one of the great mysteries of life – what will happen next, if I allow it? And, even if I don’t…
It’s funny, too, this theme of TRASH – it’s the stuff we’ve decided is no good, or no longer has a use, or is not valuable – or things we’ve used up. Maybe we have ideas about ourselves that we’ve used up, or ways of looking at life – maybe we can recycle some of those. That’s something else I’m thinking about right now – how to recycle some of the things I’ve decided I don’t need, for whatever reason. Maybe focusing on trash is a way to meditate on all that is, rather than just what we want life to be.
It also strikes me that one of the things humans do best is create trash. Our planet is overflowing with it. What are we going to do with all the trash we’ve created and continue to create daily? We’re also really good at the verb trash – we trash things – forests, ecosystems, indigenous cultures…is it just in our nature, or is it a phase we’re in as a species? And, what is the upside to trash as verb? Cuz isn’t trash another word for destruction – and, isn’t destruction the shadow to creation? In addition to everything else, we’re also a very creative species – like ants, we build things, we envision new ways of living and then implement them. We’re ingenious, in many ways.
So, Sunday we’ll celebrate TRASH. I’m happy for the opportunity to think about it – and really excited to see all the beautiful art and performance and worship of this most-mundane topic – and how we elevate it to art.