Silent Workers 安靜的工人

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  • Siu Kam Han

  • around 4:00pm 下午四時許, 03/14/2015

  • Sham Shui Po, Pei Ho Street Refuse Collection Station 北河街垃圾收集站

  • 0'55"/ Zoom H4N/ Handheld 手持錄音、Walking While Recording 邊行邊錄音

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From the main street I walked into an enclosed alley leading to the side entrance of a refuse collection station. The alley and station were enclosed with stiff materials and objects such as tiles and big garbage trolleys. Sound from the radio was bouncing around. Two elderly workers were working quietly. Water was dripping from the tap. One of the workers shouted at me, asking me to give way to her gigantic wooden trolley.

It was the sound which gave quality to such a rigid and enclosed space.People choose to work quietly in this noisy city.

In Sham Shui Po, I was surrounded by noise, which is multi-layered and could barely be distinguished. The attempt to try to identify every single sound source is defacing the nature of the place.

The refuse collection station unveiled the flow of monotonous laborious work. The emptiness and hollow sound from the radio seemed to be speaking for of those elderly workers. A tiny figure pushed a gigantic trolley on the streets of Sham Shui Po to collect garbage from the bins that were always spilling over.






Silent Workers 安靜的工人