Preliminary shots from my project at RAIR Philly, an artist residency housed inside an industrial recycling plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Dust is an ample and oppressive byproduct of the industrial recycling process at RAIR. For my film residency, we created engulfing clouds of dust in which to situate movement-based improvisations based on journalistic images of protests, dust storms, and catastrophic events like 9/11. To my surprise, the dust not only transformed the space by making it vaster and more ambiguous, it also brought with it a worrying theatricality. Both toxic and beautiful, the dust is a renegade material, unstoppable and uncontrollable, and its aggressive presence seemed to suggest that something elemental—and indifferent to our humanity—will continue on after we are gone.
I started a blog about my experience there and my personal attempts at waste reduction.