Paris Recyclers

Contrary to its name, so-called street art has been socially acceptable for a long time now. British graffiti star Banksy eternalized himself and his work in a movie, and the honorable Viennese Museumsquartier commissioned the guerilla tile-artist "Space Invader" to apply his trademark in its entryway. In Nikki Schuster´s stroll down a Parisian street "space invader" also makes an appearance: the distinctive outline of the spaceship suddenly floats in front of an old metal Venetian blind. But in this case it isn´t stuck onto a background, but instead, fluttering, changes its form, which is made up of old cheese wrappers.
Animation artist Nikki Schuster quotes street art when, in the first shot, she pans past a stencil, a patterned logo sprayed onto the sidewalk. But the colorful markings in public space are merely the stage for a ballet of overlooked things: little creatures made of trash carrying out their choreography; tottering, ringing, and rattling before the camera.
The trash monsters built from found objects are animated in front of the camera in single frame projection and subsequently put together on the computer. The sound, too, is found: a mixture of street noises, children´s shouts, a street musician´s tune in the background. The sounds from the little creatures, which jump in front of the camera like goblins, are generated for their part from the sounds of their own materials: an old magnet strip crackles, keys jangle, bottle tops rattle metallically, the sugar in the paper packaging rustles, and champagne corks grate in their aluminum wiring.
Upon closer inspection, picturesque Paris, where graffiti has also meanwhile seamlessly integrated into the street scene, turns out to be a biotope inhabited by extremely lively bastards of human consumerism. They live everywhere: in the cracks of walls, folds of posters, drainage pipes. And while a street musician reels off his chanson repertoire on the surface, they give their own dingy-raspy concert. (Maya McKechneay)

Orig. Title
Paris Recyclers
5 min 39 sec
Nikki Schuster
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Nikki Schuster
Nikki Schuster
Sound Mix
Sebastian Müller
Nikki Schuster
Executive Producer
Nikki Schuster
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Wien - Tricky Women / Animationsfilmfestival
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Victoria - Antimatter Underground Film Festival
Vilnius - Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Basel - Clair-obscur Filmfestival
Milano Aiace - Invideo
Leuven - Short Film Festival
Badalona - Internacional de Filmets