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Tintin Wulia: "Five Tonnes of Homes and Other Understories": the Hong Kong Forest of Cardboard Waste

Lunch-seminar with Tintin Wulia, postdoc at HDK and artist.

15 May, 10.30-12.00

"Waste paper is like a forest. Paper recycles itself, generation after generation", a man once told Zhang Yin, possibly the richest self-made woman in the world according to Forbes magazine in 2006, who earns her wealth from recycling cardboard waste. Her company, Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons Paper Ltd., runs six recycling facilities in mainland China (with four more being built in India this year) to process this kind of waste into new cardboard boxes. However, this man, Zhang Yin's inspiration for her business, was wrong: paper does not exactly recycle itself. The Hong Kong cardboard waste forest depends on a thick human understory that makes recycling possible.
"Trade/Trace/Transit" (Tintin Wulia, since 2014), a mobile ethnography and public art intervention project, shows the Hong Kong cardboard waste forest from within its understory's leaves, revolving around the Filipino domestic workers at Central, Hong Kong, who hacked into the area's informal trade of cardboard waste. The project focuses on the cardboard waste as a migratory thing along the informal trade route that involves informal waste collectors, Filipino migrant workers, recycling collectors and port officers, as well as the artist's own mobile ethnographic intervention into the route as one of the stakeholders.


PRACTICAL DETAILS A light lunch will be served afterwards. Please, email elena.raviola@gu.se if you are coming and if you have any food allergy by May 13.

Location: GRI, Viktoriagatan 13, Göteborg. Conference room, 2nd floor


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