Oswaldo Maciá work about
CLEANAWAY

Cleanaway
1995
Sound sculpture

A large plastic waste-bin emblazoned with the name ‘Cleanaway’ is filled with 50,000 cotton-wool buds, a device used to clean the ears. Emanating from the bin is a soundtrack collected from the British Library’s National Life Stories collection, an oral history of people’s lived experiences. ‘Cleanaway’ rescues conversations and tales that otherwise would have been ‘binned’ as they were not deemed remarkable or worthy enough to hold as definitive history. The everyday use of the cotton-wool buds presents a pun on the idea of uncovering these conversations, no matter how banal.

Presented at:
Post Script at Lisson Gallery, London (1995)

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