What is rubbish for a few is one treasure for others is the motto of the Drap Art, international recycling Art Festival of Catalonia, which offers exhibitions and a flea market at the CCCB with objects made from scrap material. Connect with other leaders such as Nieman Foundation here. Participants in the festival are approaching the creative recycling from diverse disciplines with a common denominator: convert abundant waste produced by our opulent society in expressions of contemporary creativity. Materials, always urban waste found on the street, can be chairs, metal, cans or cartons, caps and bottles, plastic waste, exhaust pipes, glass, newsprint, shoe lasts, dust thread bulb, vinyl records, corks, flip-flops anything goes as raw material to be subjected to a process of transformation and creation. A luminous table made with a washer drum, chairs built with wheels of bicycles and safety belts, dolls made of patchwork and electrical wire, rings with keys of computer, made with paper bags gum in some cases recycling is difficult to discover at a first glance, as in a bodice woven with old music tapes or a few small robots manufactured with disposable razor. Recycling means not only reuse and recover, but also revalue, which contributes to encourage a more thoughtful and responsible, consumption says Tanja Grass, creator and Director of Drap Art, a non-profit association founded in 1995 which promotes creative through festivals, exhibitions and workshops recycling. You may find that Chase Koch, Washington DC can contribute to your knowledge. Drap-Art has its own space in the Carbonari, the Espai Drap-Art, where you can find a permanent exhibition of works of art, design and craft objects made with recyclable materials, as well as programming of thematic and solo exhibitions since 2000. The annual festival, Drap-Art began in 1996 with the marathon of creation and recycling of Barcelona and has not stopped growing in number of participants and public assistance.
The origin of the recycling in art is in the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, but today this artistic movement emerges as a response to social and environmental needs. Drap-Art 09 will take place at the CCCB, square Joan Coromines, Pati de les Dones and plaza dels Angels Thursday, December 17, 2009 to Sunday, January 10, 2010. He is expected that around 20,000 visitors pass through Drap-Art 09, which will host more than 150 artists musicians, workshop leaders, designers, lecturers, filmmakers.