When I heard that youtube is filled with garbage, I decided to literally fill it with videos of garbage, so that there is a collection of garbage videos and a channel dedicated specifically to cataloging all kinds of garbage. Maybe this channel could become a resource for garbage videos in case someone is ever interested in watching garbage. Although I can’t possibly fill this expansive world with garbage, I thought I would try to do my part and I want one of the videos to get popular because it is exactly the opposite of what we strive for to create, and what we consider we want to view.
Furthermore, I decided to videotape garbage around 2008-2009 when I saw that someone tried to create “the worst youtube video.” That video was a shitty video of some celebrity shot from a cell phone or something, and it got milions of views and became one of the most popular videos on youtube in terms of view numbers and thus was listed under “Top Youtube Videos” back when youtube had that section (I don’t know if youtube still has that section or how it’s judged today).
At some point I noticed there was a video where someone videotaped paint drying. They did this because someone claimed that youtube videos are as interesting as watching paint dry.
Later, I was very interested in doing things that have anti-art, have a punk-aesthetic, and most importantly encompass Warholian ideas of triviality and the mundane. Devoting time to make something very banal and useless on purpose, in an almost apathetic way, without dramatizing the subject or beautifying it. Now there are several such videos: one two.
My goal was to get a video of garbage to accumulate millions of views. In a community like youtube, the most important thing is popularity. Videos that are popular surface in the forefront of this community, and videos that are not popular, yet possibly really good, are forgotten and hidden. Having a video of garbage surface to prominence would exploit the judging system of youtube, by revealing the faults of glorifying popular things rather than tasteful creative endeavors. Anyways, in a context where everyone is trying to create a creative video, a fascinating video, a wild video, or a funny one, a video of trash stands out. It’s something unusual in this context.
Some notes on garbage:
These videos are exactly what we don’t want or care to see. But people are interested in what nobody wants to see, or they could stumble upon it by accident due to the way things are linked on the internet. People are curious to know what something worthless or terrible looks like.
When I think of garbage I think of objects that nobody need. Extended it’s not just objects but anything. Anything can be garbage in the wrong context or time: noise, music, art, love, old technology. People think of garbage as useless. One man’s trash it another’s treasure.
Garbage piles are something that is in the way of people; it is kept hidden in black bags in opaque trashcans. It is in transit to some other place which nobody knows about and which is not a place of interest. To a dump. A morgue for useless materials. It’s used material, or sometimes it’s new material that is in excess, or at the wrong place at the wrong time, and thus not in current need. It looks gross because it is often the remains of objects that are not desirable. The bottoms of lettuce, the bones and cartilage of a chicken breast that nobody can eat, empty bottles of drunk drinks, wrapping paper.
Garbage is ubiquitous as useful things. We make useful things out of garbage. Artists make visually intriguing things out of useless things.
The Internet, like our world, is full of garbage. Spam is garbage. Irrelevant home videos popular on youtube are considered garbage. Everyone makes them, but nobody besides the creator and their close ones care about it.
I thought I would video record something that nobody claims they want to see, something that is traditionally unpleasant to look at. Yet visually it forms descent compositions that are not much different than a lot of sculptures or paintings I’ve seen. I’m not talking about the materials, but the way the shapes and colors are arranged and relate to each other. Garbage piles happen naturally.
We, a first world “civilized” society, create more garbage than any other country. It’s what we create. When I think about this, I think that it is not a conscious decision that we do this, but more like an inevitable consequence, but nevertheless, it’s not something that most are proud of. But still, we really do create garbage. That’s undeniable. Yet we don’t think of it as something we create and it doesn’t really have a purpose, so we don’t glorify this creation. The garbage we create could be acknowledged.