Trash Mash-Up, a community art project, will be hosting a Mash-Up Bash at the San Francisco State University 5th Annual Human Rights Summit on May 2, 2008 at 4:00pm. This summit is a unique event in that it is wholly devised, organized, and hosted by the students of Professor Mariana Ferreira's Anthropology and Human Rights class. The summit has served as a forum not only for students’ academic research and inquiries, but for other kinds of conversation as well; a fundamental component of all past summits has been the acclamation and celebration of alternative channels of knowledge and activism, such as play and poetry readings, film screenings, multimedia exhibits, and dance, music, and spoken word performances. For information, go to: trashmashup.googlepages.com
Trash Mash-Up’s mission is to bring vitality to the community. Using public art projects, Trash Mash-Up (TMU) connects our creative traditions to our collective future. TMU is committed to realizing the potential value in our everyday disposable objects by transforming them into innovative “Maskostumes”. Through workshops and public pageants, TMU supports extended communities and an environmentally conscious culture.
Trash Mash-Up is a collaborative community art project. Using disposable materials, collected before they enter the waste stream, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are original pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world. TMU enriches our community by developing creative connections amongst the participants in addition to raising awareness about cultural traditions and environmental issues. This project reduces waste and inspires people to see each other and our environment in a new way.
The founding members of Trash Mash-Up graduated from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Drawing from their talent for creating original theatrical productions and their commitment to serving the larger community, TMU is a socially and environmentally conscious art project. TMU shares cultural traditions with diverse communities in public performances and workshops. Reducing waste by using trash to make art, TMU reminds all of San Francisco that one person's trash could become an entire city's treasure.
Trash Mash-Up culminates with a Mash-Up Bash, a public performance pageant. Transforming parks and city squares with a visual spectacle made of music, movement, and “Maskostumes”, spectators enjoy works of art created from things disregarded by one person and then given new life through another’s imagination. With trash bag boas and bottle-cap chain mail, Trash Mash-Up builds creative connections and raises environmental awareness throughout our community as a new urban tradition is fostered.