The Myth of Detritus is a performance expanding on the existential essay by Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus. According to mythology Sisyphus is condemned by god  to roll a boulder up a hill and watch it roll back down repeating this for eternity.

 

Camus's essay allegorizes Sisyphus's life as a representation of an individuals continuous effort to find meaning in life through an existential perspective with no result. In the performance the boulder has been replaced with a bin bag, filled with one week of rubbish from the performer. The performance lasts 8.6 hours, the average working day with two breaks.

 

Our labour fills this bag which we then discard. We are condemned by capitalism to convert our labour to consumption. In the Myth of Sisyphus Camus explains that we should continue existence imagining Sisyphus as happy. We consume in an attempt fulfill the self and in turn we can say that our futile struggle in order to consume the plethora of products from food to homeware is perfectly fine if we are to imagine consumption creates happiness?

Myth of Detritus

One weeks waste in Plastic Bin Bag. Roll bag up stairs. Roll bag down stairs. Repeat for a duration of 8.6 hours with two mandatory breaks. Change expression often.