[ISEA2012] Artist Statement: Andrew Garrison – THE TRASH PROJECT

Artist Statement

Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routs to listen, learn and untimely to convene them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway in Austin, Texas, thousands of people show up to see how a garbage truck can “dance.”

  • Andrew Garrisonis an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, USA, who works in both documentary and fiction. Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin.  rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/andrew-garrison