Trash : Some Thoughts on What We Value and What We Discard in the Post-Subject Neighborhood.
September 22, 2016
Sam Gould, co-founder and editor of Red76, is joined in conversation by artist, activist and teacher Mary Walling Blackburn to discuss the newest published work from the Portland-based grassroots collective.
The publication features a long essay from Gould, “Trash : Some Thoughts on What We Value and What We Discard in the Post-Subject Neighborhood.” Written as a “critical murder mystery”, the work addresses Gould’s former neighbor who committed suicide after losing his house to the city due to owed back taxes. As the city moved in to rehab and flip the property, Gould gleaned wood from the site and constructed furniture (much of it inspired by Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione project), ultimately used by conversants interested in issues around the social residue of objects, structures of power, collaboration, recognition, and more. Elements of the same wood was used to construct the exterior and furniture at Beyond Repair, an artists’ project managed by Red76 which takes the form of a book shop and publishing site in South Minneapolis’s 9th Ward.