Chainwork Reverted

Chainwork Reverted is an audiovisual project on consumption, waste and recycling. The shopping cart is chosen as symbol of consumption that relates buyers and recyclers, the transport of newly-purchased products and materials salvaged from trash.

The consumer is a key part in this mechanism, which extends the production chain to the landfill. Consumption and waste are part of the same process. In the video-installation Chainwork (trabajo en cadena) we presented this topic displaying side by side supermarket products and trash at the waste separation plant.

Chainwork Reverted researches the consumption/waste relationship by including its main actors and showing how the recyclers reverse the process to a certain extent. The video-installation shows how consumers transport their purchases in their shopping carts and how waste pickers carry the materials rescued from waste.

Although recycling is just another mechanism of industry and society to produce and consume more with a clean conscience, waste pickers play a key role in recovering value from waste. They perform a task nobody else wants to do. Even so, as they work with what society throws away, in other words, waste, they are often mistreated and undervalued. This project aims to highlight the work performed by these informal workers, so rarely recognized.


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The project was developed thanks to a production grant by  Fundación Bilbao Arte during 2015.

The web with images of the process of production can be accesed at


Sound: Alberto de la Hoz.
Video edition: Marcus Carús von der Ehe.
Support filming: Sara Sánchez Andújar.

Talk about the process:

You can watch the the talk about Chainwork Reverted (it starts in minute 1:01:00):


A Less Consumerist Leisure

25 experimentos emocionales para testear la respuesta del paisaje a propuestas de ocio menos consumistas.

Los 25 vídeo emocionales se pueden ver aquí

Made during our stay at the Baladre artists residence, part of Lo Pati Art Center. Located in Balada, in the Ebro Delta, Tarragona . 22-28 July 2013.

On the occasion of the exhibition about landscape “Relat de belles coses falses” (Story of beautiful untrue things), we were invited to make a one-week residency at The Pati.

Thinking about how to dialogue with such a specific context,  so calm, controlled and topically “beautiful” as the Ebro Delta is, and how our leisure is the fundamental reason for the coastland consumption in many countries, we decided it was soon enough to ask the landscape and territory what it their opinion about it.

We dedicated our time to develop, along with Eva García Pérez, a series of actions in the landscape, and to devote all our emotions and five senses to collect their responses. Those were sometimes visual -fundamental sense to the traditional representation of landscape-, and sometimes with touch, hearing, taste or smell. Let the landscape itself tell us what does it think of low consumption! We always thought, and even talked in its behalf, that it will like it much better than the hyper consumerism needed to have a good entertainment today!

Special thanks to Blai Mesa, David Fernandez (Prudi), Anna Zaera and Zoraida Rosselló.


Documentary “Roskilde TrashFestival 2013”

A vision by Basurama and Lucía Egaña on the phenomenon “RoskildeFestival2013”, a 9 day long music festival with an attendance over 125.000 people.

Basurama participated with the installation “The Whirlpool of waste”, that invited everyone around to throw their garbage into the whirlpool. It was an ideal opportunity to document this large consumer phenomenon associated with mass culture.

  1. The coming
  2. The catapult
  3. The boring ones
  4. The poop
  5. The can pickers
  6. The seagulls
  7. The landfill









All videos made by Basurama, Lucía Egaña and Jacobo García Fouz (1/7).
All content (except where stated) under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Fair use of the quotes by classic authors and personalities.


Title: Chainwork
Duration: Infinite loop.
Author: Basurama in collaboration with Johan Stevenson.
Technique: Two DVD players into loop.
Year: 2008

The videoinstalation has been in:

  • Permanent Exhibition. BTEK Interpretation Center of the technology in the Bizkaia Technology Park in Zamudio.
  • Arenas Movedizas. Ancient kitchens Labour University. Gijón. September 9 – October 24, 2010.
  • Rehogar 2013.  Antiguo Edificio de Investigadores del Jardí Botànic de la Universitat de València. Valencia. Septiembre 24 – November  24, 2013.

Travelling exhibition Rummaging in trash

First prize in the CIWEM‘s EPOTY competition in the ‘Environmental Video of the Year’ category.