JUNK MAIL PROJECT
Hashimoto, Grand Piano with Shredded Junk Mail, Installation
photo credit: Eric Young Smith
at BauerLatoza Studio, a multidisciplinary architecture firm with
a committed sustainable design practice, Hashimoto proposes to
collect the junk mail that the firm receives for 12 months.
JUNK MAIL PROJECT | EXHIBITION | APRIL11 - MAY 24, 2008
conjunction with Artropolis, Hashimoto is invited by The Chicago
Arts District to present a Junk Mail installation/performance
in their main exhibition space at 2003 South Halsted Street (April
11-May 24). She collaborates with artist Michael Kozien (video
and sound) and architect Joanne Bauer (lighting). At this exhibition
Hashimoto premieres her related work, "White Trash"
and "The Credit Report".
HASHIMOTO AT MONUMENT, APRIL 2008
has been invited to create a shredded junk mail installation in
the lobby of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts during the run
of The Seldoms Monument, an evening-length dance theater
work addressing "the frenzied course of our individual acts
of consumption along the one-way ride to the trash heap".
She will also conduct a post show presentation.
100 million trees are cut down to produce junk mail annually.
The majority of junk mail is produced from natural forests. In
2006, Americans received 77 billion pieces of junk mail. In 2006,
more than 15 million trees were cut down to produce the 1.8 billion
pounds of undeliverable junk mail. (That’s above and beyond
what was delivered.) 44% of the junk mail received goes unopened
into the landfill.
PERFORMANCE | CHICAGO 2007
The Junk Mail Project
opened in Chicago on October 20, 2007. In conjunction with the
City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Barbara
Hashimoto presented the performance/installation, Shredded
Junk Mail with Grand Piano.
IN AMERICA REVIEW
sensation of swimming in trash, or junk, seems quintessentially
modern – a consequence of insatiable appetites for new products
and the attendant proliferation of packaging and advertising.
The genres of collage and found-object installation, also prototypically
modern, are intimately connected to trash as well.
HASHIMOTO GETS ALL TRASHY
gracefully scoops up mounds of multicolored shredded junk mail
while musician Edward Torrez vigorously plays lingering piano
riffs. Hashimoto transforms Torrez into the unsuspecting dupe,
who plays all tuxedo clad, a sort of domestic elegance, while
the stream of junk mail envelops him completely. The harder he
plays, the further he is swallowed by the superfluous pieces of
abstractions composed of woven strips of shredded advertisements".
in America, April 2008