In The Define Yourself Issue i-D’s Music and Features Editor Jeremy Abbott talked trash humping with filmmaker, artist and provocateur Harmony Korrine. Check out the issue for the full interview.
What’s the idea behind Trash Humpers? I wanted to give it a really literal title so people knew what they were gonna see – I didn’t want to pull the wool over people’s eyes. It’s quite amazing that you’ve managed to get it into cinemas… I guess there’s an argument that it’s not even a movie – that it wasn’t even conceived of in those terms. It was always meant to be seen as a found object that you could’ve imagined being burned in the trash, or buried in a ditch somewhere. Weren’t you going to randomly mail the video out to people? I was flirting with the idea of anonymous mailings. Not the whole film, but mailing out fragments of the film to a police station, or a court house, or a place that houses runaways, or a nursery school, day-care, a gay shrine… And see what happened. Mail it randomly to people in the phone book or drop it on doorsteps. The future of distribution is projecting into toilet bowls. In the end I just didn’t have the guts or patience.
Text: Jeremy Abbott
Film: Harmony Korine