This video is an assembly of daily happenings witnessed around the garbage bins at Carrer de la Unió 11, Barcelona.
Triggered by the noises of cracking plastic, imploding tv-screens and garbage collection trucks, these scenes were recorded over a period of two weeks.
These happenings are not isolated incidents, but are part of larger systems: garbage disposal by consumers, unofficial collection and recycling by rag-pickers and finally collection and cleaning by the municipality. These activities are part of a system, or more precisely put, they are a by-product of the system.
It’s ironic that these practices of unofficial recycling are a way of survival for people that are cast out of the system. But at the same time, it’s only viable because they are out of the system. These thrown-away products are glut to us now because our developed consumerist society degrades them to garbage. The video can be seen as a testimony that today more and more people are reconsidering this framework.
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