Mr. Dagacar says that ›Istanbul's streets are paved with gold‹ and sets out to scrape a bit off into his cart. Every night countless young men stream through Istanbul collecting stuff lying around on the ground or in front of shops, stuff that has become a burden to others, and they turn it into a bit of money for themselves and their families in East Anatolia. Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel follow them on their journey through the city and share their microscopic study of the rubbish, the value of which is connected to world markets – to the stock markets for copper, steel and gold. On top of this survival strategy and the study of the broken ground, they also question geologists from the earthquake observatory, who announce tiny quakes on a daily basis, as well as a world-famous Karagöz performer, who shows Mr. Dag˘acar and the others what he can fit in between the lights and the curtain in order to tell stories of the city and its inhabitants.
Von Helgard Haug und Daniel Wetzel | Rimini Protokoll Premiere in Istanbul 15. Oktober 2010 ›Mr. Dagacar and the Golden Tectonics of Trash‹ is a co-production between garajistanbul, Istanbul 2010, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Rimini Apparat and the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. www.ruhr2010.de www.rimini-protokoll.de www.garajistanbul.com Photo: © Rimini Protokoll