Fade in from Scene One, from out of the VISTAS, an arrow on a roadway in Bath, into a different city, a different kind of city, at the doorstep to a rundown row house on the edge of Harlem, a man stakes his turf and strikes a pose, the kind of pose that (Sir) Mick Jagger might predispose himself to: Made in America.

Following Judith Aronson's time as a VISTA volunteer in East Harlem in the Sixties, she worked while in graduate school for the Environmental Protection Administration of New York City, Sanitation Department, and her specialty became garbage. The shot of the New Yorker there at the bottom of the steps was taken as part of a small freelance job for CBS documenting rubbish in New York City. "I did cost-benefit analysis of the trucks dumping in New York City landfills. This work led to my design thesis: a slide show, set to a Sandy Bull banjo record, on the garbage crisis in New York City. I followed some food from a grocery store in the city to someone's apartment, into the pail in the kitchen, out to the pails on the street, into the sanitation trucks, onto the scows, down the Hudson River, and to the Fresh Kills Landfill."

Aronson follows the waste, reclaims the refuse, revives the disposable, gives view to the otherwise unsightly or overlooked: the slums of New York City; the slums of Valparaiso, Chile; high water and rust in Bangkok; artifacts of iron and steel in Italy; electronics in England through the magnifying glass, a twisted trail to who knows where, some dumping ground for the Silicon Fen down by the River Cam. Near where the chartered Thames does flow...