June 5th, 2016
*NOW JUNE 19th*
1pm- 2pm and
4pm- 5pm

June 12th, 2016
1pm- 2pm and
4pm- 5pm

7333 Milnor St


Live at the Dump: Songs of Memory and Forgetting

In June, RAIR will become a venue for Martha McDonald's most recent project: Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Performances will be held on June 5th and 12th. 

Songs of Memory and Forgetting is a site-specific installation and performance by McDonald on the grounds of a construction waste recycling facility that processes 250 tons of materials a day. Within the mountains of rubble and cardboard you can see glimpses of people’s lives—clothing, photo albums, letters, tea cups—that arrive from house clean outs, often after an elderly person dies or moves to a care home. McDonald spent six months in residence at RAIR sifting through the personal items and felt a deep empathy for the memories imbued in these familiar domestic objects. 

McDonald’s performance will take audiences on an intimate song tour of the site, navigating through the sorting piles to explore the fragile nature of memory. McDonald and RAIR co-founder Billy Dufala collaborated on the music, which they will perform using instruments found among the personal possessions. Inspired by the collecting and sorting carried out on a massive scale by excavators and front-end loaders, McDonald’s performance gestures will activate objects made from thousands of photographs, pieces of silverware and garments she collected during her residency. Acting as a performative archaeologist, McDonald will conjure the memory of the absent owners of these now silent artifacts.

*Attendees should be aware that the site can be dusty and sunny, and they should prepare accordingly. 

*the audience will be asked to stand or walk throughout the entire performancE.

****JUNE 5th performances have been postponed to JUNE 19th due to rain***

*There are a limited number of tickets available
*Tickets will only be available online 

*RAIN DATE June 19th

Drive to RAIR -->

From I-95 South take Exit 30 Cottman Ave/ Rhawn St, which will put you on Cottman Ave. Then turn right onto State Rd and then another right onto Bleigh Ave. Follow Bleigh Ave under I-95 and turn right onto Milnor St. RAIR is located within Revolution Recovery and will be on your left hand side.

Bus to RAIR --->

We are offering transportation to and from RAIR for this event. When you purchase a ticket select the "Performance Ticket and Bus Pass" option, this will reserve your bus seat. The bus will be picking up passengers at PAFA- click here to find out how to easily get to PAFA at Noon and 3pm on the afternoon of the performances and return to PAFA after the end of the performance.


*You are not required to use our bus service, it is offered as an option.*


Questions about Live at the Dump or 'Songs of memory and forgetting'? send us an email at lucia@rairphilly.org


Live at the Dump has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage