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W A S T E     N O T     W A S T E


A project of the EcoDesign Foundation.

Presented: August/September 1995 at the E.D.F. in Rozelle, Sydney, Australia.


Eight   designers/artists/writers worked in pairs to produce a traveling exhibition
on the theme of: re-thinking waste. The participants were Samantha Donnelly/Helen Pynor, Cameron Tonkin/Neil Berecry, Tony Fry/Abby Mellick and Margrete ErIing/Anne-Marie Willis. Two of the pairs involved Synapse members.

Visions of superfluity, a whirling kaleidoscope of culturally defined redundancy; lives washed up on the shores of economic rationalism, the crackle and static of commercial transmissions in the ether, disease draining away the nutrients of the entropic body, non-composting culture clogging the airways of compassion, language erasure into New-no-speak.

And an epiphany of revaluation.



" Waste is a cultural category before all else.
All that is designated as waste comes from a fluid system of cultural classification. Waste is made by language, signs, codes, values rather than by material processes. The ways in which we think and see waste thus are implicated in, and designed by, cultural process. It
follows that transformations of this process, its proliferation and generalisation, can actually have ii profound impact on 'the nature of waste'. Cultural reclassifications have the ability to produce a perceptual shift that totally transforms the status of the material. The force of such a move could be more powerful than the sum of all those technologies that claim to be instrumentally dealing with the waste problem.

From the essay Thinking Waste by Tony Fry