The first chance I got to see artists working with garbage was in 1999, a week of architecture at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. At the time I was studying mechanical engineering and, along with other friends, assisted colleagues in organizing the event architecture.
On the open air amphitheatre, was mounted a lattice structure, spherical, with bamboo collected in a clump there around the corner (a sustainable concept). The cover was made with long-life milk packaging (application also sustainable). In addition to highly conceptual, installation was structurally efficient and innovative aesthetics. The gang managed to build a magical atmosphere to host the event.
One of the attractions of programming was an extraordinary artist, whose name is not recorded, which gave a music workshop. In the center of the Amphitheater, with a hundred people around him, he spread a lot of instruments and a bagulheira of waste and scrap (cans, 55-gallon drums, pots and old basins, springs and car exhausts and other junk). The workshop began talking of percussion instruments and playing some drums. Then, set up a well-defined rhythm and was delivering the tools and the bagulheiras to the participants, while played and the crowd, to regia almost an orchestra. It was a real collective trance. One of the most talked about attractions and praised the event.
Years later, living in Goiania, giving my first steps in the profession of cultural producer, had the opportunity to participate in the birth and work for more than five years with the Dry Life Group (http://www.vidaseca.com.br/). This class is very good to "get garbage sound". Since then, I've been researching and knowing a lot of artists talentosíssimos, with capacity to turn waste into art, all over the world. And not only in music, but in various aspects, such as design, theatre, circus, fashion, Visual Arts, cinema, etc.
At the turn of the 80 to 90, even before the Rio 92 (http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECO-92), an event that popularized the theme "sustainability", the Carnival Joãozinho Trinta innovated the Brazilian Carnival with the theme "Luxury" is Garbage. At the time, allegories, cars and costumes used the garbage as raw materials for their manufacture. More or less at that time, the Group Afro Reggae (http://www.afroreggae.org/), which performs an invaluable social inclusion work if using the garbage as raw material.
At the end of the Decade of 90, musician, actor and engineer Márcio Vieira started research using alternative material for the creation of musical instruments and scenarios. In partnership with the Circus Theater Udi Grudi (http://www.circoudigrudi.com.br/quemsomos.html) this research culminated in the Assembly of the shows "the barrel" (1998), "Lixaranga" (2002) and "Egg" (2003) and the short film "the House of master André" (2006). In all of them, the trash, scrap and other alternative materials are used in the creation of musical instruments, scenery, scenic objects, puppets and so on.
But it was from the years 2000 the garbage entered once on the menu of inputs used by artists to express their art. At the time, the artist Siron Franco (http://www.sironfranco.com/) illustrated masterfully the documentary and tv series "the garbage Challenge", directed by journalist Washington Novaes (http://www.washingtonnovaes.com.br/). Since then, dozens, hundreds of artists have worked with garbage and junk to create, surprise and delight.
More recently, the theme gained major media with the Oscar nomination for the movie "Extraordinary Waste" (http://www.lixoextraordinario.net/). Grupo cultural garbage Mouth is another class who, though younger, does a wonderful job with music, theatre and circus having trash as a basis for his creations. Finally, the Blog of garbage (https://www.blogdolixo.com.br), an initiative that deserves to be mentioned, for informative, educational and instructive. If I were to point all the works I know using garbage as raw material, could write pages and pages. Per hour, for anyone interested, I recommend visiting grifados links in this text. In the next posts we will return to the topic.