One weeks waste in Plastic Bin Bag. Roll bag up stairs. At top allow bag to roll down stairs. Repeat for a duration of 8.6 hours with two mandatory breaks. Change expression often.
The Myth of Detritus is a performance engaging with the greek myth of Sisyphus and expanding on the existential essay by Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus. According to mythology Sisyphus is condemned 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 Sisyphus is still a representation of the individual however 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 mandatory breaks. Our labour fills this bag which we then casually throw away. We are condemned by capitalism to convert our labour to consumption. In the Myth of Sisyphus Camus explains that we should continue existance 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 us as happy?