Voices (In The Trash) – Collectibles and other discarded objects as a mirror for a disposable society.
Video and still images
As a poet I have always been more interested in the periphery than in the centre. I am attracted to the less obvious, and more dissolute.
This work – Voices (In The Trash) – has come about through the impact on me of a visit to the massive collectibles, antiques and trash and treasure barn that is The Mill Market, in Daylesford, Victoria.
One warehouse of a hundred stores filled with the voices of once loved and appreciated objects, now moved on, with the possibility of a new home, but no certainty of being loved again.
An appreciation of value, not necessarily of worth.
I fell in love with these marginal objects and their voices and had to take them home with me in the form of an image on my digital phone and a voice in my mind.
Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet for forty years. When not writing or reading his poetry to an audience, he fills his time by working as a psychiatric nurse. He has been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’. He and his wife live in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).
Provenance: Invited, not peer reviewed.