June 26th, 2016
3:30pm- 6:30pm

7333 Milnor St

Chabako- tea utensils (2015)

Fly by Night, Duke Riley (2016)


Live at the Dump: Talking Trash with Tom Sachs and Nato Thompson

Talking Trash invites sculptor Tom Sachs and Creative Time artistic director Nato Thompson—two exciting and original voices in contemporary arts— to use the dump as a platform for discourse about material sourcing, sustainable practices, and the dual identity of "found materials" as trash and as treasure. The talk will be followed by a hot dog hangout (bbq) in the yard at RAIR. 

Tom Sachs is an artist known for his use of bricolage techniques: hobbling together everyday materials like plywood, foam core, duct tape and hot glue with collected, re-purposed and re-signified objects, Sachs fabricates playful sculptures and installations that are obsessively crafted yet show evidence of the history of their raw materials, and of the artist's labor. Prominent examples include Hasselblad (2009), Apollo LEM (2007), Chabako- tea utensils (2015).

Nato Thompson leads the commission and presentation of ambitious public art projects by Creative Time — an arts organization based in New York City that is guided by three core values: that art matters, that artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and that public spaces are places for creative and free expression. Acclaimed Creative Time projects in recent years include Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and the recent Fly By Night performance by Duke Riley.

"Tom has been working with junk for a long time now. He is obsessive with it. He adores it. And he has done some pretty phenomenal things with it. It will be amazing to sit in a pile of (beautiful) trash and talk with him!"  -Nato Thompson

This event is free (!) with RSVP required. Get a hot dog and a drink for $2. Talking Trash is the culminating public event of RAIR: Live at the Dump, a program series that has brought interactive, site-specific programming to RAIR’s home base in Northeast Philadelphia throughout this Spring. To learn more about RAIR visit www.rairphilly.org.

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

TALKING TRASH: JUNE 26th, 2016 @ 3:30pm


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 "RSVP Admission 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 3pm on the afternoon of the event and return to PAFA afterwards. 

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


Questions about Live at the Dump or TAlking Trash? send us an email at lucia@rairphilly.org


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