Benjamin Gaulon
french artist (live in groningen/Netherlands)
http://www.digitalrecycling.com
THE DUMP IS THE MESSAGE :

NOWDAYS WE SEE MORE AND MORE DIGITAL INFORMATION, FROM TV; TO INTERNET, 
TO MOBILES PHONES, TO NAME QUIET FEW. DIGITAL INFORMATION IS TODAY 
EPHEMERAL, THOUSANDS OF KILOBYTES SERVING ONCE AND AT ONCE TRASHED.
BUT ALL THAT CAN BE RECYCLED. YES, THE TRASH BIN OF YOUR COMPUTER CAN 
BE RECYCLED, AND THAT IS WHAT THE DIGITALRECYCLING COMPANY CARES ABOUT. 
THIS JUNK WILL BE STORED, RECYCLED AND RESUED.
BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO STEAL THINGS TO UNDERSTAND THEM BETTER, THIS 
PROJECT PROPOSES TO PUT THINGS TOGETHER FOR A COMMON GOOD. THE POINT IS 
NOT TO DENY PRIVACY, BUT TO RETHINK PROPERTY. WHAT SOMEONE THINKS IS 
USELESS FOR HIM CAN BE USEFUL FOR SOMEONE ELSE. BEFORE TRASHING WHAT 
ABOUT SHARING? SO DIGITAL®E©YCLING™ TRIES TO BUILD A COMMUNITY OF 
PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER.

THE TRASHCAN OF THE COMPUTER IS AN ANALOG ICON OF A REAL TRASHCAN, BUT 
THE DIGITAL DUSTS ARE NOT LIMITED TO THIS AREA. THOSE DIGITAL RUBBISH 
IS EVERYWHERE, IN OUR PERSONAL COMPUTERS, THE WEB SERVERS AND A LOT OF 
INFORMATION IS LOST DURING ITS TRANSPORTATION ON THE INTERNET. ALL 
THOSE PIECES OF INFORMATION SAY A LOT ABOUT THE WAY WE USE OUR 
COMPUTERS AND BY EXTENSION ABOUT OUR PERSONAL BEHAVIOR.

RUBBISH AS A MEDIUM

+ DAMAGED, DEFECTIVE OR SUPERFLUOUS MATERIAL PRODUCED DURING OR LEFT 
OVER FROM A MANUFACTURING PROCESS OR INDUSTRIAL OPERATION.
[OFFICE DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE, 1974]

+ MATERIAL REJECTED AS OF NO IMMEDIATE WORTH OR LEFT AS RESIDUE OF 
PROCESSES OR OPERATIONS.
+ USELESS CONSUMPTION
+ ANY MATERIAL (OR FORM OF ENERGY) WHICH IS DISCARDED BY MAN, AND WHICH 
MAY CAUSE POLLUTION.
+ ALL SOLID WASTE MATERIAL THAT OCCURS IN HOUSEHOLDS, COMMERCIAL 
ACTIVITIES, MUNICIPAL PLANTS, INDUSTRY, ETC.
[OFFICE DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE, 1994]

RUBBISH IS WHAT IS LOST AFTER USING A MATERIAL. IT'S ALSO A PRODUCT 
WITHOUT ANY VALUE. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE OR WHAT 
TO DO WITH, A RESOURCE THAT WAITS FOR A USE OR CAN’T BE USED BECAUSE OF 
A TECHNOLOGICAL GAP.
THE RUBBISH IS CONNECTED TO THE IDEA OF PROPERTY , OR TO BE MORE 
PRECISE IT’S AN OBJECT WITHOUT ANY OWNER, SO WHEN SOMETHING IS TRASHED 
IT BECOMES PUBLIC PROPERTY.
A TRASHCAN IS FULL OF MATERIAL: INFORMATION DATA THAT CAN BE USED OR 
REWORKED INTO A FINISHED FORM.