RAIR

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Martha McDonald, Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Situated inside a construction and demolition waste recycling company in northeast Philadelphia, RAIR offers artists studio space and access to more than 350 tons of materials per day. Photo by Caleb Eckert.

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RAIR’s WALL-E movie night, held in conjunction with Live at the Dump. Photo by Mike Persico.

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Martha McDonald, Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Mary Ellen Carroll, a Biggie Shortie Resident in 2014, created the music genre “Waste Music” and staged a one-day Waste Music Festival. Dozens of local musicians were invited to “shred” on a stage made of shredded metal bales. A video montage was created of the audience-less festival. Photo by Lucia Thomé.

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RAIR, Filthy Rich, 2016, installation view, The Galleries at Moore. Photo by Joseph Hu.

RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) builds awareness about sustainability issues through art and design by presenting programs and exhibitions, acting as a materials supplier for artists and designers, and offering a residency program that provides artists on-site access to recovered materials and a studio space to produce work. RAIR: Live at the Dump, funded by the Center in 2015, invited audiences to a series of films, performances, and discussions intended to increase public awareness of the waste stream as well as the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness. In 2017, RAIR received a Center Discovery grant to engage with a team of social scientists to explore the recycling facility as a site for field research on contemporary urban life. In 2019, RAIR received Center support to work with artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles and a group of interdisciplinary artists on a project exploring the environmental history and artistic potential of a former scrap metal facility through a series of widely distributed creative newsprint publications.