Waste Agency contextualizes urban rituals in the construction of progress through experimental conversations with discarded things; it relates the consumption of modernity to its parallel universe of peripheral, abandoned objects. The project not only explores discarded things, but also digital waste, and redundant lives.
It presents waste as a complex ecology with a particular agency, aesthetics, language and time, exerting its power back on the city from its cast-away peripheries. Those peripheries not only speak of modernity’s exclusions, but also of the inextricable connection between the environment/ecology and capitalism. This project explores ‘being’ as defined by the aesthetics, politics and fictions of waste.