Shot at an industrial recycling plant in Philadelphia, Doosan, Sea-Doo sets the aesthetic processes of labor against formal studies of dust, the plant’s ample and oppressive byproduct. Both toxic and uncontrollable, the dust is animated by human activity but moves with its own consciousness, suggesting that something elemental—and indifferent to our humanity—will continue after we are gone.
The poetic approach of Doosan, Sea-Doo offers an invitation to look at what happens at the plant as more than industry or necessity, but as a stage for the dramatic and mesmeric events occurring amidst the noise and danger. At the heart of this experimental documentary lies an interest in things that are overlooked or hidden, and in the power of the theatrical to elevate the mundane. Workers work, the sun rises and sets, and the political and ecological merge with the meditative.
I wrote about my experience working at the plant with RAIR Philly and my personal attempts at waste reduction here.