Waste no.6 How Great

Jan Ijäs

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Documentary, 2019, 45′

Awarded in 2018 at IndieLisboa, with Waste No.5 the Raft of the Medusa, the artist returns to the festival with his Waste series, a reflection on the human production of waste. This time with a particular look at digital technologies and its paradoxes.

What if waste suddenly became huge? When we discover that underneath an orthodox church (in Helsinki) there is a world data server, which uses recycled water to cool itself, we confirm that nothing is what it seems. From here we start a trip around the world, passing through South Korea, Ghana and Turkey. The constant exclamation “How Great” becomes part of our lexicon, to amaze us, always. The world seen through the evocation of waste can only make the world alert. Come back Greta! (Miguel Valverde)