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Word It For September

You leave it on the curb, you drag it around your desktop, you might use a quick command, or ask somebody else to do it. Other times you will think you are surrounded by it, or that this is all that you can create.

You know what I’m talking about. GARBAGE. It surrounds our best ideas, it gathers in the corners of the most beautiful rooms, it clutters our folders and we love to send our kids out to the curb with it. It is a chore, it is a daily thing. Online, offline, whatever, GARBAGE can be found on the ground, on a desk, on people’s mouths and on a few brains around town.

GARBAGE is the Word It for September.

With that said, please read the specifications for submittal, and go create based on garbage.
Word-its will be updated on a weekly basis.

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.26.2004 BY bryony
Armin’s comment is:

In a Speak Up world record, the first Word It for Garbage was submitted 21 minutes and 34 seconds after the word was announced. Congratulations Sergio!

On Aug.26.2004 at 04:28 PM
Jason T’s comment is:

Cool. I never knew somebody could get so excited about garbage.

On Aug.26.2004 at 06:21 PM
M Kingsley’s comment is:

hmm... why do I have a sneaking suspicion that it involves a picture of George Bush?

On Aug.26.2004 at 07:44 PM
gerard’s comment is:

haha. i would have thought of something like a mouse, but after reading it thoroughly, Garbage does make sense. you got me.

On Aug.26.2004 at 10:05 PM
jenny’s comment is:

Speaking of which...

Sorry, saw this article this morning and couldn't help it!

On Aug.27.2004 at 11:01 AM
Armin’s comment is:

> why do I have a sneaking suspicion that it involves a picture of George Bush?

Surprisingly, no…

> Speaking of which...

Thanks Jenny, that was amusing. That just goes to show that you can put anything in a museum and call it art. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

On Aug.27.2004 at 11:13 AM
jenny’s comment is:

>Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I agree - one of my fav pieces of conceptual art was a Felix Gonzalez-Torres piece, where there was a big bowl of candies with silver wrappers. The viewer/participant took a candy, ate it, and discarded the silver wrapper on the ever growing pile of silver candy wrappers on the floor...

It was actually beautiful.

But the article is funny.

On Aug.27.2004 at 11:24 AM
big steve’s comment is:

I remember hearing about this in a particularly conceptual sculpture class i was taking a while back... nice.

jenny, I've seen that piece installed a few times and am absolutely in love with it in every way...

There are several thousand explanations for every element and links to all sorts of philosophy etc etc... but it's just plain beautiful. It's funny to see people prance around it (it's often installed as a hundred pounds of candy on the floor) and not touch it because of the way we see art as such an untouchable thing... then there are the gluttons that sweep a dozen or more pieces into their pockets/purses...

A while back i made a (simple) desktop background of one of the pieces of candy... here.

On Aug.30.2004 at 05:18 AM
Sergio Recabarren’s comment is:

So, i'm now a part of the Speak Up history :)

I have the quickest Word It post ever.

On Aug.30.2004 at 07:47 AM
bryony’s comment is:

I have the quickest Word It post ever.

Sergio, I won't deny the fact that I was pleasantly surprised by it.

On Aug.30.2004 at 09:02 AM