In 2015 it was announced that Aberdeen city council was poised to consider the EFW (Energy from waste) Incinerator proposal to be built on East Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen. At an estimated cost of £120 million.
The regions three local authorities; Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray are funding and operating the site after a partnership agreement was put in place.
Their is an acknowledgement that The Air We Breathe is situated in this ongoing narrative, two years into the process. It is only a small part of the ongoing activity involving those community councils and activists who continue to fight.
A number of public consultations, city council meetings, community council meetings and a stakeholder group have taken place over these three years. This history, whilst informing the project is a history belonging to others.
Much of the curatorial methodology has been excavating this material, searching for what remains 'public' relative to the decision making process. As well as creating conversations with those already involved in the campaign and letter writing to local councillors.
Is a member of Torry Community Council and Torry Heritage group.
Reading the minutes available in the public sphere; stakeholder meetings and council committee minutes. Their is a natural omission of emotion within the voices of those they capture. The purpose becomes transparent, the community objections located at the end of documents.
Emotion is a key driver when trying to facilitate a better condition of living within localised environments; what would it mean to bring this back into a public sphere? What does it mean to purposely embrace our subjective positioning, memory and histories in this dialogue?
This is a selection of audio recordings by those involved in the campaign. The intension in gathering this material is not to show a cohesive timeline, but to inhabit a more web like structure which reveals the complexity of multiple voices. Those that have been validated and more importantly those that have not.
At times the people involved in these conversations have to remain anonymous and as such will be referred to simply as 'Activist'.
Is a member of the community council for Kincorth and Leggart.