Project Description


Video Installation

At the recycling firm in Weimar rubbish – or better raw material as rubbish is something else and actually doesn’t belong here – moves slowly on the conveyor belt. Fast hands with a save aim roam about the conveyor belt. Sorting the rubbish doesn’t make much money.

It is winter and it is very cold in the big hall. The rubbish, that is pushed up by the conveyor belt, is piled almost to the ceiling where the sorting women wait on a platform. It is cold, smells rotten and the radio loudly mixes with the belt’s noise and the women’s chats. Let’s start the search …

The video installation is presented on three TV screens laying on their back in a rack. They show three videos shot with three cameras, thus capturing the sequence of the different movements. The screens become the conveyor belt. The women’s voices are flowing along
with the belt.

It’s shocking, to see what some people throw away. It can be adventurous, dangerous and exciting, too. And everything is valuable – at least to somebody. It’s like digging for gold.

Realized as part of the exhibition Jetsam & Flotsam at the Kunstraum Bethanien in
January 2003.