TESTIMONIUM is an audio-visual as well as an 8-channel sound-only composition created from recordings from waste, recycling and wastewater facilities in Denmark and Latvia as well as from one of the world’s largest landfills; the Dandora dumpingsite in Nairobi, Kenya
With vibration sensors placed inside endless piles of organic waste and on massive incinerators, hydrophones lowered in wastewater and heavily contaminated rivers, and acoustic microphones pointed at metal, glass and plastic sorted by hand or machine, TESTIMONIUM listens beyond the immediate stench from discarded matter and into its physical core and industrialised journey. An acoustically detailed powerful and bittersweet homage to the midden of civilisation and a testimonium for the future.
Denmark: BIOFOS Denmark, Reiling Glasrecycling Denmark, STENA Recycling, ARGO, Vestforbraending. Latvia/Estonia: WasteArt project NOT out of sight NOT out of mind Campaign, IES, ZAAO Ltd (LV), MoKS (EE), Evelyn and John Grzinich. Kenya: Nao Takeuchi, Waste Management Unit, UN-Habitat, David Makori; Chief Environment Officer, Wambua Ndaka; Site Manager at Dandora Dumpsite, Nairobi City County and Mohamed; leader of waste pickers at Dandora Dumpsite, Nairobi
Portrait of artist Jacob Kirkegaard and the making of TESTIMONIUM
This portrait was created by John Grzinich in Spring of 2019 on ocassion of the
exhibition "NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind"