Material Afterlife

Material Afterlife: Circulation, 2009-present.
Trash, mixed media
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI

Rule of exchange: You can take anything at any time as long as you fill out a survey detailing where it is going.

Material Afterlife: Circulation is an installation made entirely of scavenged trash. Each of the 139 lawns and 70 cars are available to be taken away by gallery visitors at any time. In exchange, visitors must update the whereabouts of the piece for the rest of its or their lives. The journey of each piece is charted on a map based on the information supplied by viewers, playing against the invisible export of trash when it gets thrown “away.” The project investigated whether private information was worth the exchange of a small piece of trash art. It was: within the first day of the exhibition, all pieces were gone.

If you have a piece of Material Afterlife, please input its information here.

Circulation Data
Date
ID#
City
State
Comments/What will you do with it?

04/10–

08/08/09

001
Lansin
MI
I will: display it in my room. Obsess about how things move in circles
04/10- 08/08/09
002
Boston
MA
neighbours forever with #128
04/10- 08/08/09
003
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it. Thanks! From Eli. 5 years old
04/10- 08/08/09
004
Rhinebeck
NY
I will: admire and share
07/20/09
004B
Mt. Madonna
CA
I will be traveling the country for the next few months. I will send pictures if you want.
04/10- 08/08/09
005
Holland
MI
I will: use it for inspiration
04/10- 08/08/09
006
Ann Arbor
MI
I will: think about driving in the desert
04/10- 08/08/09
007
Silver Spring
MD
I will: put it on the piano
04/10- 08/08/09
008
Grand Rapids
MI
I will:put it on my desk
04/10- 08/08/09
009
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on display in my rayocat [sic]
04/10- 08/08/09
010
Grand Rapids
MI
I will make it part of a panorama
04/10- 08/08/09
011
Dowagiae
MI
I will: give it to dad
04/10- 08/08/09
012
Holland
MI
Desk art (while employed)
04/10- 08/08/09
013
Grand Rapids
MI
I will put it on my shelf
04/10- 08/08/09
014
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my playroom. Laura, age 4
04/10- 08/08/09
015
Ouro Preto
Minas Gerais, Brazil
I will: put on living room
04/10- 08/08/09
016
Conklin
MI
I will: use it for lesson plans at the African Community Center in the future
04/10- 08/08/09
017
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my kitchen nook
04/10- 08/08/09
018
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on my dresser
04/10- 08/08/09
019
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: flip it
04/10- 08/08/09
020
04/10- 08/08/09
021
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: 1. Love it. 2. Take it to Louisiana
06/04/09
024
Romeo
MI
I think I am going to leave it off at one of the gas stations in town. I hope it travels far.
04/10- 08/08/09
023
Sparta
MI
It will go home with me.
04/10- 08/08/09
024
Austin
TX
It is going to my cousin Taylor “Tay Nic Sum”.
04/10- 08/08/09
025
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put on wall
04/10- 08/08/09
026
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: love it, pass it on
04/10- 08/08/09
027
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: show it to others
04/10- 08/08/09
028
Walker
MI
It will go in Kayla’s apartment and I will make a collection
04/10- 08/08/09
029
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put on the mantle
04/10- 08/08/09
030
Rockford
MI
We will give it to our son Lars
04/10- 08/08/09
032
Perry
MI
I will: look at it
04/10- 08/08/09
033
Marne
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
034
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
035
Byron Center
MI
I will: add it to a collection of found items. Age 66.
04/10- 08/08/09
036
Grand Rapids
MI
I will use it to escape into and write about
04/10- 08/08/09
037
Alpena
MI
I will: care for it!
05/14/09
038
Grand Rapids
MI
Love the concept! So exciting! Each villa on its cozy estate is so reminiscent of childhood playfulness! I want to transport inside! I will: mail it to my sister in Baltimore, Maryland
04/10- 08/08/09
039
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: display on table
04/10- 08/08/09
040
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
041
Mt. Pleasant
MI
I will: add more of acity [sic] to go with it
04/10- 08/08/09
044
Muskegon
MI
I will: put it in my room. Jay, age 7
04/10- 08/08/09
045
Grand Rapids
MI
It will go in my daughter’s room
04/10- 08/08/09
046
Wyoming
MI
I will: carry it on my purse until I find a nice garden to put it in (indoor garden)
04/10- 08/08/09
047
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: bring it home. Play trains.
04/10- 08/08/09
048
Rockford
MI
vanish
04/10- 08/08/09
049
Grand Rapids
MI
It will go in my daughter’s room
04/10- 08/08/09
049
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: love it, and stuff
04/10- 08/08/09
050
Caledonia
MI
I will: show my class
04/10- 08/08/09
051
Grand Rapids
MI
Kayla’s apartment. Part of panorama
04/10- 08/08/09
052
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: set it out for people to see
04/10- 08/08/09
053
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: love it forever!
04/10- 08/08/09
054
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on a shelf to display
04/10- 08/08/09
055
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: Admire!!!
04/10- 08/08/09
056
Grand Rapids
MI
04/10- 08/08/09
057
Grand Rapids
MI
I will give it to my girlfriend. Show my love with trash.
04/10- 08/08/09
058
Caledonia
MI
I shall live in it with my tiny wife.
04/10- 08/08/09
059
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on display!
04/10- 08/08/09
060
Ann Arbor
MI
I will put it in my studio and think about it. I think it is Detroit.
04/10- 08/08/09
061
Owosso
MI
I will: show it to my art director
04/11/09
062
Grand Rapids
MI
im planning on giving the plot of carpet land to my locker partner @ northview high school ..
04/10- 08/08/09
063
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: display
04/10- 08/08/09
064
Wellesley
MA
I will: Love it!
04/10- 08/08/09
065
Holland
MI
I will: have it on display in my bedroom. It has a orange car
04/10- 08/08/09
066
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
067
Muskegon
MI
I will: put it in my office
04/10- 08/08/09
068
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: look at it
04/10- 08/08/09
069
Berkley
MI
I will: put it in a flower pot
04/10- 08/08/09
070
Grand Rapids
MI
It will be: displayed in home
04/10- 08/08/09
071
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my studio
04/10- 08/08/09
072
Plano
TX
I will: love it
04/10- 08/08/09
073
Mt Pleasant
MI
I will: treasure it always
04/10- 08/08/09
074
Grand Rapids
MI
Desk art!
04/10- 08/08/09
075
Middleville
MI
I will: carry it around in my giant bag, along with my plastic snail
04/10- 08/08/09
076
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: admire
04/10- 08/08/09
077
Grand Haven
MI
I will: show my art students
04/10- 08/08/09
078
Mt Pleasant
MI
I will: show to CMU art students, then mail off to another artist
08/04/09
078B
Traverse City
MI
It was a gift
08/07/09
078C
Madison
WI
It was a gift
04/10- 08/08/09
079
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put in found objects shadow box
04/10- 08/08/09
080
Siheaung
Korea
I will: display on my desk
04/10- 08/08/09
081
Lexington
KY
It will be given to a friend
04/10- 08/08/09
082
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put on mantle
04/10- 08/08/09
083
Byron Center
MI
I will play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
084
St. Louis
MO
I will go to a very loving apartment/home. We don’t own a house so this is it! Thanks!
04/10- 08/08/09
085
Ovid
MI
I will: look at it
04/10- 08/08/09
086
Grand Rapids
MI
i love my new house
04/10- 08/08/09
087
Benton Harb
MI
I will: put it on the shelf in the living room
04/10- 08/08/09
088
Meromme
MI
Christmas ornament! (just kidding)
04/10- 08/08/09
089
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: place it in my home to remind me to garden. Thanks for the inspiration.
04/10- 08/08/09
090
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: set it on my mantle
04/10- 08/08/09
091
Byron Center
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
092
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: Display in our new cab!
04/10- 08/08/09
093
Grand Rapids
MI
I will put it in my room
04/10- 08/08/09
095
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: keep it with my art collection I love!
04/10- 08/08/09
096
Chicago
IL
Birthday gift. Send to SM in Chicago
04/10- 08/08/09
097
Almaty
Kazakstun
marr [sic] it to my brother. He’ll love it!
04/10- 08/08/09
098
Walker
MI
I will: put it somewhere
04/10- 08/08/09
099
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: use it as inspiration for an art project with my son
04/10- 08/08/09
100
Grand Rapids
MI
I will take it to school with me, then home to show my students and create our own recycled art
04/10- 08/08/09
101
South Field
MI
I will: put it in my dorm in the window
04/10- 08/08/09
102
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it
04/10- 08/08/09
103
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my room
04/10- 08/08/09
105
Grand Rapids
MI
It has a beach chair- I will take it to the beach
04/10- 08/08/09
108
Farwell
MI
I may take it to the alps and give it to someone else
04/10- 08/08/09
109
Play (child’s writing)
04/10- 08/08/09
110
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my collection of stuff. Age 11
04/10- 08/08/09
111
Chicago
IL
I will: put it on my car dashboard
04/10- 08/08/09
112
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: play with it. Thanks from Eva 4 yrs old
04/10- 08/08/09
113
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: display it in a case
04/10- 08/08/09
114
Lasing
MI
I will put it on my shelf
04/10- 08/08/09
115
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on my windowsill, overlooing my garden, in my bedroom
04/10- 08/08/09
116
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it on my shelf in my bedroom
04/10- 08/08/09
117
Grand Rapids
MI
[pictograms]
04/10- 08/08/09
118
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put in bedroom
04/10- 08/08/09
119
Grandville
MI
I will: put it by the bird feeder
04/10- 08/08/09
120
Jenison
MI
I will:…maybe take it on a trip? Display it for a while, store it…
04/10- 08/08/09
121
Grand Rapids
MI
I will put it in my office and observe/show
04/10- 08/08/09
122
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in my bedroom
04/10- 08/08/09
123
Seattle
WA
I will give it away!
04/10- 08/08/09
124
Caledonia
MI
I will: display with toys
04/10- 08/08/09
125
Richmond
VA
I will: admire it- keep it with other special things on the shelf in the living room
04/10- 08/08/09
126
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put it in office/studio
04/10- 08/08/09
127
New Haven
CT
I will: send it to my daughter (also took 135)
04/10- 08/08/09
128
Allendale
MI
It will be neighbors forever with #002
04/10- 08/08/09
129
Seminole
FL
I will: hopefully not squish it
04/10- 08/08/09
130
Grand Rapids
MI
My kids are going to think it’s great! I’m sure their polly pockets will feel right at home!
04/10- 08/08/09
131
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: display it
04/10- 08/08/09
132
Caledonia
MI
I will: put it next to my squid collection
04/10- 08/08/09
133
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: surround it with tiny other things
04/10- 08/08/09
135
Wellesley
MA
I will send it to my daughter #2 (also took #127)
04/10- 08/08/09
136
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: place it on my desk
04/10- 08/08/09
137
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: make a wall around it with popsicles sticks [sic]
04/10- 08/08/09
138
Grand Rapids
MI
I will: put on the mantle
04/10- 08/08/09
139
Holt
MI
I will: show it to my friends. Relax. Calm down. Forget.
4/11/09
pink car
Hays
KS
my friend went to the uica last night and then left to visit me 🙂 she gave me the pink car cuz it looks just like my car 😛
1/10/10
097
Chicago
IL
I moved. I/it was in Kostanai.
1/19/11
115
Chicago
IL
Piece moved from Grand Rapids to Chicago. It is now facing the West, sitting in my bedroom window.