Simultaneously as trash performs negativity – something we dispel repulsively; it can also act as an archive. Garbology is the academic study of trash as an informational source of human society. It studies what we consume, what we have eaten, and what we throw away. Covert in the fat of The Party is Over is a mondain loafer shoe, the Swedish flag, a glove, a pair of glasses, and a doll. Everyday objects that tell a story are flushed down by mistake or purpose into the sewers and swallowed by the greasy mountains.
In The Party is Over, Bigert & Bergström activates the twofoldness of fat: the fat becomes the negativity of luxury we don’t want to see and the left-over archive of the heydays of exuberance. Will the “fatbergs” of metropolis sewers even be the last remaining of us? Hidden in the catacombs of the underworld, they slowly become dirty and fat monuments of civilisation.
Text by Otto Ruin