365 Days for Dieter, Dieter Roth National Monument

In honor of the 85th birthday of the late artist Dieter Roth, Christina Freeman invited Kiran Chandra, Ivaylo Gueorgiev, and Cristina Ochoa to collaborate on making a gift for the deceased artist.

Based on Dieter Roth’s project Flat Waste, Christina proposed that each artist collect one found item of trash per day for one year, ending with a birthday party on April 21, 2015. The resulting projects reflect each artist’s creative interpretation of the assignment.

Day 18. May 7, 2014, Wednesday, Chocolate left from Olea that went through the wash in my jeans



Day 328. March 13, 2015, Friday, City Bakery cup (Birdbath Tribeca), New York, NY




Day 19. May 8, 2014
Thursday Wrapper from a gift of chocolate given to me by Lynda Klich for helping with technology issues at work.



Day 242. December 17, 2014 Wednesday, Napkin from dinner at de Mole after final critique, first semester of teaching at Hunter College, (from the series 365 Days for Dieter)



It is surprising to me that I did not come across Dieter Roth’s work sooner. It must have been there all along and I just didn’t take notice.

During the last few years I have had a preoccupation with how something could be simultaneously nothing (ness) and something (ness).  What value is there (if any) in looking at those things that are so often invisible? What will we find in that forgotten space? How does accumulation result in creation?
Sifting and bringing something buried to the forefront. What is it about the obsessive personality that is drawn to collect and archive? What part of us does it fulfill to find use for something otherwise useless?  Do we see ourselves there in that transformative process? To make new, to give value. Rebirth. This is true creation.



Dieter Roth National Monument
Site of Dieter Roth National Monument, Niland, CA


365 Days for  Dieter Blog
Dieter Roth Retrospective at MoMA PS1
The Telegraph Review of Dieter Roth’s Diaries