A project by Hannah Hurtzig

Documentary Directed by Leon Seth
Camera / Editor: Leon Seth

Blackmarket No.11 held at the Bluecoat in Liverpool
"On Waste. The Disappearance and Comeback of Things & Values."

An Installation with 50 Experts, a Digression on the Rhetorics of the Dialogue and a Shadow Play for a Dialogue Duo

A Blackmarket is an interdisciplinary research on learning and un-learning where narrative formats of knowledge transfer are tried out and presented. The installation imitates familiar places of knowledge exchange, like the archive or library reading room, and combines them with communication situations such as markets, stock exchanges, counseling or social service interviews.

Each Blackmarket presents a different topic, generating an encyclopaedia with local experts. In Liverpool the theme deals with the relationship between human beings and their material world, the moment when things lose their form, deteriorate, rot, explode, slide into decay; and when remembrance and forgetting lose their distinction. In our economy of waste, garbage is the repressed side of consumption, whilst non-biodegradable, radioactive toxins have made waste an ecological survival problem. In response to this we have developed a range of methods to stabilise waste, such as recycling, burning, conserving or archiving.

At this Blackmarket you book a 30-minute one-to-one dialogue with one of 50 experts recruited from Liverpool, including garbologists, philosophers, economists, alchemists and psychoanalysts. Or you can observe and listen into select conversations via headphones on Blackradio’s six channels. The experts will put together a lexicon that fragments, mirrors and hallucinates the theme of waste – through stories, theories, documentation and myths.

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