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Times of Garbage

Sanitation Workers in Times Square, New York City
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REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT
camera and editing supervision Gaby Steiner


Once you cleaned that street yourself
and you turn around and look how clean it is -
sometimes it´s a really good feeling.
(Richard Townes, supervisor)

Times Of Garbage describes a working day of sanitation workers in Times Square. Street cleaners are very present in day to day life around Times Square, one of the most famous pieces of real estate in the world. REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT accompanies some of them during their daily routine, when they clear up the waste that is caused by mass consumption. The workers are surrounded by the promising world of advertisements and as well by social disparity. The camera observes the workers' movements through the highly commercialized cityscape and gives an insight into how the protagonists perceive their role in the public sphere. The video's theme is how the professional life of street cleaners creates personal identifications with the job and the urban environment.

The video is dedicated to the sanitation workers around Times Square.

with the kind support of
Times Square Alliance
Landeshauptstadt Dresden Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Program www.iscp-nyc.org
special thanks to Thomas McKean