The project deals with the question of what is waste and what is litter. What we consider safe
waste, which we recycle, will become litter proper in the Third World, where it will probably end
up. In the “Essay on Litter: Wiki-Garbage Management” in Dnevnik’s Objektiv, Luka Omladič says
that litter consists of those things that annoy us, the things that should not be where they are. Like
an alien, they stand out from their surroundings and they make it disgustingly clear that someone
has tossed them away and that they will remain there for a long time. Yet, not all litter is waste,
Omladič says, at least not in the sense that would deeply annoy us. And cast-off television sets
simply do not annoy us. In fact, it is precisely the migration of waste that constitutes major hidden
pollution, and this often happens far away from the developed countries that produce waste. It is
there, far away from the developed countries, that waste becomes litter. There, their characteristics
become unpleasant again and stand out from the surroundings.
Sedlaček makes visible the relation between waste and litter.
Using the old analogue technology, which has been increasingly displaced by the new digital
technology, he produces litter here and now. Instead of “safely” recycling televisual technology,
which is becoming obsolete due to the new technological paradigm, the introduction of digital
signal and, consequently, the mass replacement of analogue television sets with LCDs and plasma
TVs, let’s rather publicly break it into pieces. Let’s do what we are going to do anyway, one way or
another, sooner or later – let’s do it together and publicly.
Due to the introduction of digital signal in 2011, which has replaced the analogue signal, the West
has witnessed mass destruction of old technology. Cathode television sets, TVs without digital
converters, VHS and DVD players are a thing of the past, for they do not support new technology.
Sooner or later, we will all be forced to replace the old with the new. Already now, the sellers of
contemporary electronics keep offering us replacements of this kind. Yet, the story of old
technology is not over when we replace old devices with new ones. And it does not end at the
electronics dumping ground either. In fact, this is where their journey only begins. Old
electronics is being exported into Third World countries, however, this is already an entirely
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sašo Sedlaček is, no doubt, one of the key authors of contemporary art in Slovenia. He has
received several awards (OHO, Vida 11, Spaport, Zogo Toy, etc.); he has been artist in residence
three times (in Germany, Japan and the United States); he has had exhibitions in Slovenia, Japan,
Taiwan, USA, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Russia, Estonia, etc. – including established
exhibition venues such as the Secession in Vienna and the Lentos Museum in Linz – and he has
participated in large international biennials (Taipei, Taiwan 2008 and Ogaki, Japan 2006) and
In Slovenia, he has recently problematised the sell-out of frequency space (Manifest, 2009, and
Infocalypse Now!, 2007) and he is particularly recognisable for his interventions into consumer
Meccas. Using bricks made of printed propaganda materials, he closed the entrances to department
stores in Ljubljana (Just Do It!, 2003) and built a pavilion for eavesdropping and dwelling in BTC
City (Loop, 2004); in 2006, he took Beggar – a robot for the materially deprived, which he lent to
the homeless people of Ljubljana the following year – for a walk around Citypark and the streets of
Tokyo and Taipei; etc.