TOTAL WASTE I
TOTAL WASTE I (2019) is a self-publishing/print media project and the first chapter of ENBYX. It includes an Augmented Reality** artist book, 32p., 55 copies, risograph printed, numbered & stamped, a series of limited prints and silkscreened t-shirts, presented in art fairs and independant Berlin and european art spaces.
The AR artist book curates several short videos, self-made accessories, clothes and a poetic text about sewing as a resistance practice.
TOTAL WASTE I refers to the “zero waste” movement and the notion of circular economy. This project about (self-) sustainability, represented by a Trojan unicorn logo, is an investigation into the ecological and social failures in contemporary art systems of production and distribution.
The reader, with the help of a smartphone**, watches the front cover of TOTAL WASTE burning in flames. This augmented publication can be read in different ways: the virtual destruction of the desired object, the wasteful burning of the artwork similar to the incineration of surplus fabrics in fast-fashion, etc.
TOTAL WASTE I playfully addresses the paradox of being a gender non-conforming artist in a capitalist society. It asks if art can exist autonomously from the market by not reproducing or being enmeshed in the very structures it critiques.
TOTAL WASTE I is a satire in which language, identity, body, politics, nature and love are turned into commodities out of necessity and survival. It uses ambivalence and paradox to challenge the cis-tem’s appropriation of the art of queer and trans* people while erasing their lives.
TOTAL WASTE I reflects the contradiction that queer people face: a simultaneous invisibility or non-existence, and a hypervisibility that is too much for this world.
TOTAL WASTE I envisions an alternative form of queer collectivity in fashion that is radical, decentralized, transformative and healing.
Concept: Yaron Maïm
Risograph Printing: Drucken3000
Performers: Yaron Maïm & kAZ
Critical Conversant: kAZ
Video: Ayshe Kizilçay & Elene Naveriani
Video Editing: Ayshe Kizilçay
Photo: Neige Sanchez
Special thx to Clovis, Justine Giliberto & Fu.
**Augmented Reality art made with ARTIVIVE
ENBYX 2019. CC BY-SA 4.0 WE*AR DANGEROUS.