Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Hollingsville 8/12 ‘Trash’

The Gasp between Clichés

The time has come to insult listeners’ intelligence. Trash has traditionally been seen as the unnecessary expression of popular mass consumption: the further we progress, the more trash we generate. Waste, squandering and surplus value are tied up with notions of identity and self-worth. The use of recycled materials has become an orthodox virtue of recent years. But what about the discarded trash of our culture? Not only are old images, themes and footage recycled but an entire trash aesthetics has come into being – classic ‘kustom kar’ pinstriping, tattoo ‘flash art’, tiki art, musical exotica, pulp fiction, burlesque bump and grind and Z-grade movies have all provided a refuge for sensibilities tired of the banalities on offer from both the mainstream and academic markets. To flay the eyeball is to flay the soul itself – trash is the outer expression of a culture opened up and left to bleed.

Joining me in the emergency room for episode eight of ‘Hollingsville’, scheduled to go out at 7.00 pm on Thursday June 3 on Resonance 104.4 FM, will be first responders Roger K Burton, of the Horse Hospital and the Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, and Edwin Pouncey, AKA artist Savage Pencil. Expect tough talk and grim idealism. The ‘Hollingsville’ composer in residence is Graham Massey. Ins and outs, as always, are by Indigo Octagon. Remember: never take ‘yes’ for an answer.

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Pictured above: Ghost Mall photograph by Brian Ulrich, courtesy of the Morning News

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