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Rubbish is coming to Birkbeck this summer: a series of events on reading the matter and metaphors of waste and value in and through spaces, objects and language.


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A philosophy that does not include the possibility of soothsaying from coffee grounds and cannot explicate it cannot be a true philosophy.

Walter Benjamin


Organised collectively by postgraduate students from Birkbeck, the London Consortium, Goldsmiths and Oxford for July 2011.  Free and open to all.


On Spaces and Value: seminar organised by the Space Reading Group, led by Lisa Mullen. Wednesday 27th July, 6-730pm, Birkbeck, room 112, 43 Gordon Square, London.


Film double-bill: Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine, 2009)/The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse) (Agnes Varda, 2000) - introduced by Holly Pester/Natalie Joelle and Will Viney.  Friday 29th July, 6-9pm, Birkbeck, B20, Malet Street/Torrington Square, Main Building, London.

Rubbish Symposium: Saturday 30th July, 9am-5pm, Birkbeck, B20, Malet Street/Torrington Square, Main Building, London.


Keynote - Professor Steven Connor


Respondent - Professor Esther Leslie


Speakers -


Henderson Downing (Birkbeck)

Natalie Joelle (Birkbeck)

Lisa Mullen (Birkbeck)

Terri Mullholland (Oxford)

Daniel Rourke (Goldmsiths)

Rosemary Shirley (Sussex)

Jon Tee (Birkbeck)

Sian Thomas (Poet)

Tony Venezia (Birkbeck)

Will Viney (London Consortium)

James Wilkes (London Consortium)


Chairs: Dr. Brian Dillon (Kent); Zara Dinnen (Birkbeck); Matt Wraith (London Consortium)


More tbc.


A map of Birkbeck's buildings can be found here. 


Waste time – watch this space.



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Rubbish Symposium Line Up

 RUBBISHSYMPOSIUM – Saturday 30 July, 9-5 PM, B20 MaletStreet, Birkbeck, University of London 9am – Assemble etc. 9:30 - Keynote – Professor Steven Connor (Birkbeck) 10:00 Panel I - Rubbish Ideas:…Continue

Tags: Leslie, Esther, Space, Waste, Ruins

Started by Tony Venezia Jul 25, 2011.


Please feel free to expand our reference wastebasket...

Started by Tony Venezia Apr 12, 2011.

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Comment by Tony Venezia on May 13, 2011 at 9:01



Strange vapours wafted over the roofs.  The converging rivers on either side ran sluggishly, and the water steamed here and there as its currents mixed nameless chymicals into potent compounds.  The slop from failed experiments, from factories and laboratories and alychymists' dens, mixed randomly into bastard elixirs.  In Brock Marsh, the water had unpredictable qualities.  Young mudlarks searching the river quag for scrap had been known to step into some discoloured patch of mud and start speaking long-dead languages, or find locusts in their hair, or fade slowly to translucency and disappear.


China Mieville, Perdido Street Station



Comment by Lisa Mullen on May 9, 2011 at 11:18

Just noticed the Babyface picture didn't come out in the last comment I added, so it was rather more enigmatic than I intended. anyway here's a link instead for those who haven't watched the DVD 20+ times with a Toy Story-obsessed child




Comment by Julie Warburton on May 8, 2011 at 14:53

Maybe not a direct 'Rubbish' reference, but CocoRosie also use childen's toys for musical sounds, albeit the toys don't appear to be modified in any way, or undead, just removed from their obvious use value as toys.


Comment by Lisa Mullen on May 8, 2011 at 11:08

one of Sid's creations in Toy Story.

Babyface turns out to be one of the 'good' guys - good if you're a toy, that is.

Bad if you're a human, very bad if you're Sid.

Comment by Tony Venezia on May 8, 2011 at 10:21

Indeed.  In matters pertaining to undead toys and Chucky's imminent return, I defer to Lisa.


For added creepiness, check out this review of the place...



Comment by Lisa Mullen on May 8, 2011 at 9:36
seriously creepy!
Comment by Julie Warburton on May 7, 2011 at 12:44
Comment by Tony Venezia on May 1, 2011 at 10:51

Rime of the Modern Mariner by Nick Hayes

The North Pacific Garbage Patch, as it is also known, is a slush of degraded bits and bobs, diving gloves, tractor tyres, plastic bottles, all swept from the world’s rivers and oceans, to be offloaded into this vast repository. I was dumbstruck. First by the scale of this rubbish heap, and second by a more insipid fact: that plastic doesn’t decompose – it only degrades in the sunlight, getting smaller and smaller until it cant be seen. Plastic is both an example of mans great ingenuity, his ability to create durable, lightweight materials to further his ends upon this planet; but it is also a symbol of the indelible mark we have left upon the natural cycle of the world. Plastic doesn’t rot – it doesn’t enter the carbon cycle; it cannot be broken down by bacteria; instead, it is the only material in this world that exists entirely outside of natural processes, simply getting smaller and smaller, piling upon itself, never to disappear. It is at this point that its effects become ever more horrendous – entering the flesh of fish, which are then caught, eaten by us and passed on through the generations through breast-milk. Tiny microscopic flecks of carcinogenic poison.

Nick Hayes from Forbidden Planet's Director's Commentary

Comment by Henderson Downing on April 26, 2011 at 15:55

Another London equivalent would be the indefatigable Edmund Trebus, 'star' of a special BBC Life of Grime doc at the end of the 1990s:


Comment by Tony Venezia on April 20, 2011 at 18:43

For a split sec thought you meant Cory rather than EL.   Here's the NYT review of H&L.  Homer and Langley Collyer were real people who lived in a Harlem brownstone, notorious for their hoarding a "sanctuary of junk".  


Collyer hoard.


Lichtenstein and Sinclair's Rodinsky's Room(1999) is the fairly obvious London equivalent in terms of embodying the home-as-unofficial-archive.


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