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The University of Trash

SculptureCenter

Envisaged as a site of alternative pedagogy, The University of Trash, 2009, was a collaborative project that took place over three months this past summer. Organized by New York–based artist Michael Cataldi and British artist-activist Nils Norman, it posited DIY design and urban social activism (e.g., squatting) as factors influencing the emergence—and, increasingly, the adoption as policy—of progressive urban and environmental politics. Against the backdrop of hyper-development and gentrification, Cataldi and Norman invoked a countercultural ethos to develop an authentically public (i.e., free and open) educational model that generated tactical, community-responsive engagements with contemporary urbanity.

Parked at one end of SculptureCenter’s outdoor courtyard, an old red ambulance—a contribution to the project by artist Max Goldfarb—served as a radio transmitter, broadcasting events

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