The Rubbish Collection

October 29, 2014


A talk by Matt Moore (Science Museum)


The recent Rubbish Collection exhibition at the Science Museum traced the journey of waste generated by the Museum over 30 days, as part of their Climate Changing programme. In phase one, artist Joshua Sofaer invited visitors to participate in collecting, sorting, photographing and documenting one month’s worth of rubbish produced by the Science Museum’s visitors, staff, contractors and exhibition projects, to help create a visual day-to-day archive of our rubbish. The exhibition exposed the materials, the volume and the intrigue surrounding what we think of as ‘rubbish’, before it continues its onward journey to be recycled.


Phase two of the exhibition highlighted that the things we throw away do not simply disappear - instead they were transformed to showcase the value and beauty that can be found in waste we produce.

Matt Moore, talked through some of the waste issues this highlighted, and how the Science Museum are changing practices to improve their waste processes.



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